The human hunger for hope

One of the worst things that can happen to a person is to be in a ‘hopeless situation’. Without hope, life is bleak and cold. But with hope, even life’s darkest moments don’t quite seem so bad.

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One of the key benefits of Christianity is having a certain hope for life and the future. The Apostle Paul said Christians were “called to hope” (Ephesians 1:18). This hope is based on the sin-and-death-conquering work of Jesus Christ. Those who belong to him have true hope.

In the Lord of the Rings, Tolkien expresses beautifully a picture of what this overarching divine hope is like.

“There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tor high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty forever beyond its reach.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King

I pray you know the hope that Christ gives.