Hope

 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently                                            Romans 8:24-25 (NIV)

Hope, by definition, is not currently seen. Hope lives in the future, but makes the present palatable. We hope for different outcomes for our current situation. Collectively, we have had a shared hope of coming out of the COVID-19 era unscathed and “back to normal”. Isn’t it funny that the old normal never looked so good? We always seem to strive for the next “better thing”. Yet, right now, a return to 2019 reality looks pretty good!

Every generation strives for better conditions, more prosperity, better health, more convenience, an easier lifestyle, etc. This is normal, and indeed, this aspirational thinking drives us to better ideas, innovation, inventions, and envisioning a better lifestyle for our children.

Hope is good. We live on it and especially in these times, we look for specific solutions. That there will soon be a COVID-19 vaccine is a hope. Pre- 2020 life, when the routines of life were taken for granted, is the hope of 2021. We will get there, but in the meantime, we live in the hope of getting there.

My hope for my readers is that we do not lose the present in the hope for the post-COVID-19 future. Time is precious, so let us live in the present, enjoy it, and savor it, as we hope for a post COVID-19 future.  

Prayer: Lord, past generations have turned to you for hope, and indeed, so do we. Help us to live fully in the present as we have hope for the future, Amen.

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