Tuesday, February 10, 2009


“Hope.” A simple word, yet, filled with so much meaning. I most often associate the word hope as something positive. Synonyms for hope include expect, trust, anticipate, wish, look forward to, desire, faith - All words that imply a strong belief in the future.

We use the word hope so freely in day-to-day conversations - "I hope it doesn't rain today." We sometimes use the word to be sarcastic - "I hope you aren't planning on wearing that tonight." We also use the word for things that will probably never happen - "I hope we win the lottery." And we, of course, use it for more significant events - "I hope our baby comes soon."

Hope is nothing more or nothing less then simply having a belief in something that has not happened. There is no guarantee, promise or assurance in hoping. Hope means that we are waiting on or wanting something, that something has not happened yet and there is a chance that it may not. The only guarantee in life is what happened yesterday, not what will happen tomorrow.

So why bother with hope.

Hope gets us out of bed each morning. Hope is sometimes the only thing keeping us going. Hope can never let us down. If you have hope, anything is possible.

Hope is sometimes all we have...


Cara said...

What a great post. With the timing for referrals and court uncertain, it helps to know we're not alone in hoping...praying...wondering.

Adam said...

What a wonderful post! You have pretty much summed up the reason that people can keep going even after a disappointment. I think I might post it on our blog and link to you (as long as you don't mind). Thanks

Chad, Laura and Sara said...

Post away Adam. Laura

Rana and Yvan said...

Oy Hope! Sometimes my hope goes for a little vacation time but it always comes back - I think hope is a big part of our spirit - what makes us human - who could live life without hope? No one! And Adam is right - Hope is what keeps us going time after time.

Fantastic post Laura!


Dad said...

Laura, you never cease to amaze me. You are without doubt a very special woman. Not only in terms of the hope you speak but the faith you have.

Love Dad

Anonymous said...

Thank you for adopting from Ethiopia, they are beautiful people inside and outside. Enjoy this true story about orphans the King of Ethiopia adopted some 80 years ago and the photos

Armenian Christians share the Christian Quarter of Jerusalem with the Ethiopians we have many roots in common. Armenia was the first Christian Nation in 301 AD, and one of our saints (Mesrop Mashdots- who actually developed our unique alphabet and language so we could read the bible ALSO developed the alphabet for the Ethiopians. The Alphabets are both similar. They have shared this with the Ethiopians and Koptics for Centuries.

In the 1920s, just after the Genocide of 1.5 million Christian Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire. There were many Armenian children left without parents, they were slaughtered in front of them and many of the children were given to Kurds to sell or Armenians paid to have Kurds take their children to safety. Some of the children were sold to moslems in Harems, house keepers, etc.,
But many were taken to an orphanage in Jerusalem, where 40 ARmenian orphans started a brass band. The King of Ethiopia made a visit to Jerusalem and was entertained by the orchestra, he was saddened to learn they were orphans without a family.
The King of Ethiopia declared "I will adopt them all and they will be children of Ethiopia"
Armenians prospered in Ethiopia, with a beautiful church, they where business owners and wrote the first national anthym of Ethiopia called "Hail God to thee"
Because of many years of neighboring Moslem countries invading and cutting Ethiopia off economically, many of the educated ARmenians have left the country.