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I was thinking of hope today. I turned on the radio and the first announcement? Another celebrity suicide. The despair and hopelessness someone must feel to convince themselves the only way out is to take their own lives must be deep. It’s beyond sad and makes me wonder: are we taking time to care for our souls? Do we make time to care for one another? I absolutely believe in being my brother’s keeper.
An anchor is a device used to connect a vessel to the bed of a body of water to prevent the craft from drifting due to wind or current. So trials we face in life are like winds and currents- they come and go; some are more intense and ferocious than others. Having hope helps us to face these trials with full confidence that we will overcome. Hope is our anchor. Hope is believing that better times are ahead. Hope is believing we will come out victorious from a trial as we will learn, grow, and mature. Hope is having a certain expectation and believing that it will come to be. Hope keeps us stable. Hope gives us the will and the courage to endure- keep going. In the meantime, as we’re facing the trial, we don’t give up; we work through it and keep living. We remain positive and grateful; we don’t give in to hopelessness. We do what we can to alleviate the problem- maybe seeking professional help- and we come to terms with the trial, and accept what we can’t change. We may need to make adjustments. But as we do, we keep our heads high, remain prayerful and grateful. Still remembering to count our blessings.
“lift up your eyes to heaven and see. Who has created these things?” Meditating on life’s wonders will keep us amazed and inspired. We’ve been blessed with a magnificent universe, a wondrous planet, and an amazing life.
Look after your neighbor