In Autumn 2, we will be focusing on the virtue ‘Hope’.
“Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31
You know that when life gets hard you don’t give up but carry on hoping that things will get better. You dream of a better world or something better that will come in the future. You live for something greater than yourself. Your hope drives out selfishness and boredom and encourages you to engage with your community and do good works. You trust that God is at work moving the world towards what is good.
Oh, that I might have my request, that God would grant what I hope for…” (Job 6:8)
“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.” (Romans 15:13)
“For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” (Romans 8:24-25)
When you are hopeful, you know that God will change all things for good. We know that God will give us the strength to make changes in our world. We know that through our relationship with God we will be given new ways to live and the energy to grow and spread God’s Kingdom here on earth.
You practise hopefulness when you dream about how things could be better in our world. When you show belief in mankind even when we are disappointed by the actions of others and ourselves. We keep God’s vision of the Kingdom of God at the heart of our own visions for the future. We speak positively to others. This is what we hope for our children at SS Peter and Paul.
Here are some ways we can show signs of ‘Hopefulness’ at SS Peter and Paul:
• I believe and trust that God will not give up on me
• I am positive about the future
• I don’t give up on myself
• I have hopes and dreams that we can all work for a better world
• I pray to God placing my life in his hands •I know God has a plan for me