Finding and Keeping Hope

Dr. Tom Neal provides a powerful meditation on finding the substance of hope at times when hope seems lost.

Here a few snippets from the piece:

  • A friend of his once wrote: “The future totally vanished. Everything became dark. Nothing awaited me. Everything seemed empty of meaning. I could remember nothing good in the past, only regrets and failure. I could see nothing good in the present and had nothing to hope for in the future. No compass. No center. When it was over and I emerged out of the depression, everything looked different. What I used to hold most important now seemed peripheral, and what I saw as peripheral now seemed most important. Money and work success fell away to the edges, while relationships and God wound up in the center. Almost magically, like it just happened. Only when you lose all your props can you see what’s left is what matters.
  • “Hopelessness is not simply an absence of hope, but attachment to a form of hope that has been lost, that lacks enduring substance.”
  • “Substantial hope thrives in adversity.”
  • “You can’t really call faith faith when you feel it’s all settled and obvious. When everything falls apart, the sun sets and night falls, faith begins.”

Read the whole thing here.