In the Name of Almighty God, the Lord of heaven and King of all nations.
Children of Light,
Today, I wish to speak about the true Source of hope. Hope is an essential virtue that sustains God’s people through the trials and challenges of life. It is a great lighthouse that guides you when you feel lost in the darkness, a lifeline that keeps you afloat when you feel overwhelmed by the storms of life. But where does this hope truly come from? What is its origin?
In a world that often promotes temporary and superficial sources of hope, such as wealth, power, and material possessions, it is crucial for you to recognize the true wellspring of divine hope. True hope does not reside in the passing pleasures or achievements of the material world. It does not depend on your circumstances, your worldly successes, or even on the approval and praise of others. True hope finds its roots in something far deeper and more enduring.
The true Source of your hope is found in your relationship with the Creator, in your faith in a loving and merciful God who accompanies you every step of the way. Your hope is grounded in the belief that Almighty God is always present, even in the midst of your darkest moments, and that He has a plan for your lives. It is the assurance that no matter how broken you may feel, God’s love can heal you; no matter how lost you may be, God’s light can guide you; and no matter how burdened you may feel, God’s strength can sustain you.
The Psalms can always serve as a reminder of this Source of hope. “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall yet praise him, who is the help of my countenance, and my God.” (Psalm 42:5) These words echo the truth that your hope should ultimately rest in God alone, for He is the one who holds the power to transform your lives and fill you with joy and peace.
Jesus, the Son of God, exemplified this unwavering hope throughout His earthly ministry. He faced tremendous challenges, endured rejection, and even experienced the agony of the Cross. Yet, in the midst of it all, He never lost hope. He placed His trust in His Heavenly Father, knowing that God’s plan would ultimately lead to redemption and eternal life.
As followers of that same Light, you are called to imitate the example of all of God’s Messengers. Your hope should not be shallow or fleeting but firmly anchored in God’s promises. It is a hope that perseveres through adversity, that remains steadfast in the face of uncertainty, and that radiates in your lives as a testimony to the world.
How do you nurture and strengthen this hope within yourselves? You must cultivate a deep and intimate relationship with God through prayer, Scripture, and service. These channels of grace connect you to the Divine Source of hope and allow God to work in and through you. You must surround yourselves with a community of believers who can support and encourage you on your journey. Together, you can share your joys and sorrows, lift one another up in prayer, and remind each other of the hope you have in Almighty God and His promises.
Remember that the true Source of our hope is not found in the temporary things of the world but in your unwavering faith in God. It is in Him that you find the strength to persevere, the courage to face challenges, and the assurance that, no matter what you may encounter, you are never alone. Place your hope in the hands of the loving Creator and allow His divine light to guide you each and every day.
May the true Source of hope, the merciful God, bless and sustain you.
June 13, 2023
Also available in the following languages (PDF)
- Pravi Izvor Nade (Bosnian,Czech)
- La véritable source d’espoir (French)
- A Verdadeira Fonte de Esperança (Portuguese)
- La Verdadera Fuente de Esperanza (Spanish)