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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Hope (05/04/06)

TITLE: The Basis of Hope


The Basis of Hope

As a young nurse I worked in a psychiatric clinic with suicidal and deeply depressed women. They came from all walks of life and all levels of society: high school girls, prostitutes, young mothers and older women.
All of them had attempted to take their own life and fallen into a very deep depression or escaped into a mental phantasy world of their own.
The one symptom these women had in common was hopelessness. Many, not all, had loving friends and relations, and drugs were not a problem in those days, the early fifties. These women had lost hope in the future, they could not see their way forward at that stage in their life and trusted, at that moment no promises made by counselors, friends or family. When there is no hope, life just shrivels away despite medication.
As Christians we can understand that hopelessness is a form of unbelief. I am not saying that Christians cannot fall into deep depression but for us there is a sure way out of it because Godís Word is much more than an ordinary spoken or written word. Godís Word is alive and can heal the body and the mind.
In the Bible hope is closely connected with faith in God. The apostle Paul, in his letter to the Romans, chapter four, tells us that Abraham trusted Godís promise for a son ďagainst all hopeĒ, meaning against all natural hope because Abraham and his wife Sarah were wellpast the age to have a child. But he trusted Godís promise and was not disappointed.
How often, in a seemingly hopeless situation, a person recovers from serious illness because there is still a glimmer of hope, a glimmer of trust in a future. And the doctors just shake their head. Hope has no other base than trust because if it were something more tangible it would no longer be hope.
As Christians, in any situation we can base our hope on trust in God; we call it faith. We can be assured that in the final outcome our salvation is assured, and on the journey through this life we can know that ĎHope does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us (Romans 5:5, NKJV).

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Marilyn Schnepp 05/11/06
Not reader friendly, as it is clogged together without separation to give the reader breathing room. Just a space between paragraphs would be so appreciated by those who wish to brouse and read. THanks for your thoughts.
Jessica Schmit05/12/06
Everyone needs to hear this messege. It's so true. We can have hope though HIM. Great work.
Val Clark05/12/06
So much truth in this and a real compassion on the part of the reader. But please, do be careful when talking on a topic like this. Sometimes that Ďsure way outí you speak of does not happen overnight. Despite the sufferers readiness for healing, hope is often dashed when God chooses not to heal in our time frame. I have been that clinically depressed woman, medicated, though not institutionalized. For years ĎI donít careí constantly echoed in my mind, but, paradoxically, I never lost hope in Jesus. I wish, for the sake of other people struggling with depression, that you had fleshed this out.
Joe Moreland05/13/06
As others have commented, there are some cosmetic issues with this article (paragraph separation and grammar), but aside from that, its message really stands out. I came away with a clear picture of what you were trying to say and a fresh look at hope through a situation I have never witnessed firsthand before. Cosmetic stuff can always be fixed, but if you don't have the gift of putting your hear into your story, then you don't have a gift. You have a gift.
Rita Garcia05/15/06
Great thoughts on hope. Keep writing.
Phyllis Inniss05/17/06
Thanks for your message of hope. So many lives are messed up because of a lack of faith and a knowledge that we must hold on to our faith in Jesus, or our lives will just crumble.