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Psalm 39:8 And now, what is my hope? O LORD, my hope is in you.
Life brings losses, sometimes suddenly, through natural disaster or accidental death. Other losses are slow and agonizing—cancer, addiction, cognitive decline.
We are encouraged to have hope always. This can be burdensome. Telling cancer patients their healing depends on a positive attitude can come across as victim-blaming. The relationship between hope and faith is complicated to me, but I believe faith can nurture hope. While hope for a particular outcome can lead to disillusionment, Psalm 39 encourages us to find our hope in God.
MOVING FORWARD: Poet T.S. Eliot reflects on the interconnectedness of faith, hope, and love in his poem “East Coker.” Read the whole poem and compare its message to Psalm 39.