It is fitting for me at this time to write to You about how hope is the crutch of the human condition. My wife is suffering greatly with bouts of very deep and very dark depression. There seems to be much to discourage me about life. Yet I, and many others in similar straits, am not discouraged. We realize that no matter how bad things get there is always something better and that hope of something better, beyond our wills, props us up. Hope is what we go to bed with anticipating a better tomorrow. It is a spark of energy enabling us to go on when we realize Your love and mercy in the face of our own failings. It is that which lifts and re-lifts us after every fall short of the goal. But where does it come from?
The answer to that question is that it comes from faith. Without faith in You, in Your covenants, in Your forgiveness and mercy, in Your love and concern for mankind, there is no hope. If God created man, there is hope, but when man creates God the crutch fractures. That is why, first, we must boldly and with conviction proclaim who You are and that You are. From this faith comes hope, hope that if nobody else cares for us, You do. If belief in You generates hope in Your promise, it moves us to act in ways that express that faith and hope, that is, love.
You continually offer Your faith and trust in me. You hope in me to seek and find You and this is why You love me – and this is how it should be with me. Faith begets hope and hope begets love. Without hope in the middle, without that “bridge,” we cannot get from faith to love. But when our hope bridges that gap, our lives proclaim hope to others. When the vision with which we see is one of hope, it is witnessed by others. That is how our hope gives hope to others. In life there is hope – it goes with the gift. Life is a hopeful condition.