Day 21: Hope is not wishful thinking, but confidence
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Marketta Gregory never meant to be a columnist. \x34I trained to be a newspaper reporter -- one who tried to her best to be objective. I covered religion for a few years and felt like it was the best job a curious woman like me could ever have.
Marketta Gregory never meant to be a columnist. \x34I trained to be a newspaper reporter -- one who tried to her best to be objective. I covered religion for a few years and felt like it was the best job a curious woman like me could ever have. Every day I got to listen as people told me about the things that were most important to them, the things that were sacred. But the newspaper industry was changing and few papers could afford to have an army of speciality reporters. So, I moved to cover the suburbs where, as luck would have it, they have plenty of religion, too. Eventually, children came into the picture. One by birth and another two months later by foster care/adoption. I struggled to chase breaking news and be home at a decent hour, so I made the move to what we journalists call the dark side: I took a job in public relations. (Don't worry. I work for a great non-profit, so it's not dark at all.) When I gave my notice at the Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle, the executive editor asked me to consider writing a column on a freelance basis. She didn't want the newspaper to lose touch with its religious sources, and she still wanted consistent faith coverage. I was terrified. It took me about 10 months to get back to her with a solid plan and some sample columns. And so it began, this journey of opening up my heart to strangers.\x34
This wisdom today is from Paul L. Hammer who has been a biblical teacher for more than 50 years (he’s 86). Enjoy and be encouraged…
Whenever I hear the word hope, I think of the Apostle’s Paul’s words: “And hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us” (Romans 5:5). Hope is not wishful thinking, but a confidence in the future based on our experience of God’s love in the past.†
Paul speaks of faith and hope and love in Romans 5:1-5, as well as in 1 Corinthians 13, and the reason why love is the greatest of the three for him is because faith is faith in God’s love, and hope is hope in God’s love; and this love is the love from which nothing in all creation can separate us (Romans 8:38-39).