Cross-posted on CaringBridge.org
September 15, 2011
Hope And Expectations
I’ve learned to distinguish between hope and expectations. While both feelings anticipate an outcome, hope is the one to which I must cling because it embodies faith in a desirable conclusion. Hope is amorphous and resilient, adapting to moments, emotions and setbacks with renewing energy; it is the essence of God’s grace made present in everyday events. Expectations have definitive boundaries, and if they are not met, they shatter. Expectations at best offer satisfaction but more often can lead to sorrow, while hope remains uplifting even in the hardest of times. Keep those good wishes, prayers and laughter coming! They bring hope.