Sunday, January 11, 2009

On The Subject of HOPE



The theme this week on many blogs is HOPE. People have shared photos of various sorts depicting what Hope means to them. I came across these translations of the scripture Romans 15:13 regarding Hope while reading a fellow slowtravellers blog. I thought it was a very positive focus on this word. Also included in this blog was a quote by Madeleine L'Engle. These days everyone can use a little more hope in their lives.




Romans 15:13
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV):
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.


King James Version (KJ):
Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.


New International Version (NIV):
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.


The Message:
Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!


Here it is in Italian!

La Parola è Vita:
Possa il Dio della speranza, riempirvi della gioia e della pace che vengono dalla vostra fede, affinché la vostra speranza abbondi, per mezzo della potenza dello Spirito Santo!


And then there is this quote by Madeleine L'Engle:

"I will have nothing to do with a God who cares only occasionally. I need a God who is with us always, everywhere, in the deepest depths as well as the highest heights. It is when things go wrong, when good things do not happen, when our prayers seem to have been lost, that God is most present. We do not need the sheltering wings when things go smoothly. We are closest to God in the darkness, stumbling along blindly."

5 comments:

Holly said...

These are some of the reasons why I gave Jordan the middle name of "HOPE"...

barb cabot said...

Oh Holly I didn't know that was her middle name. How beautiful and significant.

Jane said...

Barb, this was lovely and sensitive--just as you are. Thanks.

barb cabot said...

Jane as we used to say in grammar school, "Takes one to know one."

Anne said...

I love the words "sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together", what an amazingly positive outlook!

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