'Never deprive someone of hope, it might be all they have.' H. Jackson Brown
The core values of Christianity are faith, hope and love. All else evolves from these three together and either of them can't work on their own. In working with young people about their faith and what it means to them, hope is a word that they often use. It is something they know is at the heart of everything they do or hope to do. We all know what hope is but where does it come from and how does it apply to our lives? The source of our hope is in God who simply loves us and who can do nothing else. It's about a God who never stops seeking us and who never gives up on us. St.Paul wrote a lot about this and described it in a lovely way by saying: "Hope does not disappoint us because God's love has been poured into our hearts." In a world that is often dominated by negative news and where good news is often squeezed out, we need to be people of hope. To be a person of hope requires great determination, courage, conviction and inner belief. It is a lifelong task beginning today as best we can.