Lord,

I look at the world – and I look for hope. I look at people I know – and I look for hope. I look at me – and I look for hope. Yet I often don’t find it or, when I do, I walk back from giving myself to it.

That’s why I have a request to make. Use whatever kind of grace it takes to help me absolutely trust that You are exactly the hope I need. And please keep at it until I truly experience the breadth, depth and wonder of Your hope that never fails.

Hope that is love so powerful, I can never get in its way. Hope that is forgiveness so wonderful, I am relieved of guilt imagined and avoided. Hope that is transformation so complete, I see, think, feel, believe and act in brand new ways. Hope that is a miracle so real, I am able to live Your hope by just being me.

Amen.