Thursday, February 5, 2009


I bet we can all think of something that could cause us to completely lose hope. Perhaps it's some sort of unexpected news that you think would literally shatter your world. It's funny that when we hear of certain situations we think, "Gosh, I don't think I could handle that!" Of course there are still areas in my life where I think that but some recent circumstances have caused me to realize that while I certainly can't handle the current circumstances, God can. There are several areas in my life right now where I could lose all sense of hope and have, in fact, lost hope at times.

In a Step-Up-To-Writing training I went to for work, we were taught how to teach the students to personify an abstract noun. Of course the best way to learn how to teach it is to actually do the activity and so I did. After searching the Bible for verses on hope and thinking about it regularly I thought I would personify hope. In order to get us to the point of writing the following paragraph we were asked questions like: Where does this abstract noun live? Who are it's friends? enemies? What are it's hobbies? Etc. Obviously this is a child's activity so it's nothing profound but it really got me thinking so I thought I'd share what I came up with:

Hope resides in a brightly lit room with those who allow her to live there. She brings peace amongst a storm and provides light when all else seems dark. Her bright, yet subtle attitude brings a slight grin to the faces of those she's with. At times when Hope is quiet and unseen, Despair creeps in and with him come Fear and Uncertainty. When Hope is most present she is able to put Fear at bay and invites Joy to radiate with her. When at her full potential Hope enjoys the small things in life.

1 comment:

  1. That was cool! It makes me miss school. (That unintentionally rhymed.) Things about hope are often times super cheesy and cliché, so I quite liked that. It sort of takes hope out of it's usual context and stirs your imagination. It reminded of the way 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 is written (y'know the standard wedding scripture). God totally personified the abstract noun 'Love'! Who knew what a Biblical exercise that was?!