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The Hope of Spring

I sat on the deck overlooking the lake this morning and sipped my coffee, feeling the sixty degree breeze on February 27, 2011.

This is one of the things I love about living in the South.  Spring comes early, which means that hope is just around the corner.

Yes, we’ll probably have a couple more “cold snaps” but they will soon give way to the buds and the flowers and the green that paints the landscape all around the lake.

Spring causes the winter of life to fade, literally and figuratively.

Hope is vital to our lives.

What gives you hope?

Is it a friend who cares for you when you thought you were all alone?

And how do you give hope to others? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

Just when all seems lost, hope saves the day.

Thank God for hope.




  1. kathy thomson

    When I think of hope, I think of it more in terms of hope regarding life after this one- although I know that hope is very relevant in every day life for many people. I have hope that the “next life” is free of the worries and cares and pains of this one, that I’m reunited with my loved ones in a tangible way, that nobody ever suffers again. I share that hope with others and have others in my life who share the same hope.
    Thanks as always for the entry- always look forward to yours and Mary Beas.

  2. Malcolm

    Hi Kathy,

    Thanks so much for your comments about the hope of the life after this one. Yes, that is an encouraging word and it is one I grew up with. For me, I’ve also found that when I focus only on a life hereafter, I tend to lose my focus on what I can do for others in offering hope to them in the here and now.

    I am glad you share that hope with others. I’m not sure one has to choose one to the exclusion of the other. Anything that includes, encourages, loves, nurtures plants seeds of hope daily.

    Peace to you my friend,

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