on hope

“For we ​​through the Spirit, ​by faith, are ​a​waiting for the hope of righteousness.”
Galatians 5:5

“There are times when things look very dark to me–so dark that I have to wait even for hope.  It is bad enough to wait in hope. A long-deferred fulfillment carries its own pain, but to wait for hope, to see no glimmer of a prospect and yet refuse to despair; to have nothing but night before the casement and yet to keep the casement open for possible stars; to have a vacant place in my heart and yet t allow that place to be filled by no inferior presence–that is the grandest patience in the universe.  It is Job in the tempest; it is Abraham on the road to Moriah; it is Moses in the desert of Midian; it is the Son of man in the Garden of Gethsemane.

There is no patience so hard as that which endures, “as seeing Him who is invisible”; it is the waiting for hope.”
George Matheson in Stream in the Desert/July 26th

“Some real hope–distinct from that mere convention of hope which supports men in desperate situations–began to enter his mind.”
Perelandra by CS Lewis p. 151

“Let Your lovingkindness, O Lord, be upon us,
According as we have ​hoped in You.”
Psalm 33:22

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4 thoughts on “on hope

  1. This is gorgeous.

    I have that book. If you recall the day that explains how birds got their wings,(sometime in May, perhaps?) that’s the day my sweet young friend decided to keep her baby. She called him the weight that gave her wings.

  2. I love it! Too funny because I told Doug I wanted to get a tattoo in that same spot about two months ago–and I had in my mind some sort of word or dove.

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