I am a hopeful ‘hopeless case’
The Revd Kevin Watson, General Assembly Moderator, explores the true meaning of hope at Advent.
Is it human nature, or is it just me? I am constantly reducing this amazing thing called hope to something that’s no more than a wish-list.
Once a year I hope I get something nice for Christmas.
Maybe once in a lifetime I hope I win the lottery.
And every day I hope there’s something good for tea!
Even when I am being less selfish, and call it prayer, I am still hoping for good things – that she is healed, or he gets a job, or they are saved from war. All good stuff, but the more I think about it, it is doomed to fail. Of course, I believe in the power of prayer and there are more miracles than we can ever realise but, if it is human nature to be always hoping for the good for yourself and for everyone else, then we are not going to have that prayer answered as we want all the time. All material things run out or wear out, and what we have is far from fairly distributed. So where is this thing called hope?