A Hope-filled New Year – whatever we face

One from the archives…


This year.  You can have Hope.

Whatever you’re facing; (and even if you’re refusing to face it).

Not a wishy-washy sense that everything will be okay.

Not a feeling or a temperament.

Not a stake in something that can be torn away.


Not something you work up by yourself.

Not dependent on those around you.

Not about your house or your health or your happiness.


Not for other people.

Not for when you’ve earned it and ticked off your list.

Not for when the holiday comes or you catch up on sleep.

Not for when you’re better or worse or anywhere but here.


This moment.

As you read this.  As you run for your train.  As you make the lunch and drive the car and open the computer and feed the dogs. As you sorrow and as you laugh. Every challenge, every heartbreak, every celebration. Hope.


A fact, not a feeling.

A gift, not a reward.



“Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27).

“an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” (Hebrews 6:19)

“on Him we have set our hope” (2 Corinthians 1:10).

“And hope does not disappoint.” (Romans 5:5)


Whatever you are facing and whatever you may feel. Now. Tomorrow.  This year – and forever.


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2 thoughts on “A Hope-filled New Year – whatever we face

  1. Thank you Emma – again it has spoken to my heart and helped to heal my pain – especially over the fires in Australia & Sydney that so many people are facing and living with. I’m feeling their pain and heartache – can only cry out to God for rain and know and be so glad that our Hope is in Him. xxx

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