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Because he lives, I can face tomorrow; Because he lives, all fear is gone; Because I know, he holds the future; and life is worth the living just because he lives. – Bill and Gloria Gaither

Hope is essential to our survival. Webster defines hope as “Desire accompanied by expectation of, or belief in fulfilment; to desire with expectation of obtainment; to expect with confidence.” How vital that expectation and hope is.

When life hurts and dreams fade, nothing helps like hope. Without hope, prisoners of war languish and die.

Without hope, students get discouraged and drop out of school. Without hope, athletic teams slump and keep losing.

Without hope, amateur authors will stop writing.

Without hope, addicts return to their habits, married couples decide to divorce, inventors, artists, entertainers, and entrepreneurs lose their creativity.

Hope is not merely a nice option that that helps us temporarily clear a hurdle. It is essential to our survival. It is something that is as important to us as water is to a fish, as vital as electricity is to a light bulb – hope is that basic to life. Without that needed spark of hope, we are doomed to a dark, dismal existence.

If you take away our hope, our world is reduced to something between depression and despair.

But true hope is hard to come by for some. I’ll tell you why: Because it’s only found in God. And a lot of people aren’t looking there. Hope is a wonderful gift from God, a source of strength and courage in the face of life’s hardest trials.

God, by his abundant mercy, has begotten us unto a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead …1 Peter 1:3

Written by Dr Charisse le Roux