Over the past week and next few weeks we celebrate very important holidays – Passover, Easter and Eastern Orthodox Easter. These holy holidays are celebrations of hope and salvation – Passover commemorates God’s deliverance of the Jews from Egypt and the birth of the Jewish people as a nation. And Easter celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and the birth of Christianity.
Today, a year later, there is hope! Sadly, so many people have been taken by this virus, but medical treatment has improved and many have been saved. Millions of people have already been vaccinated and many millions more will be immunized over the next few months.
Passover and Easter remind us that even in the most trying of circumstances, we must always “hope.” May this beautiful verse* about HOPE inspire you to keep going:
Hope opens doors where despair closes them.
Hope discovers what can be done instead of grumbling about what cannot.
Hope regards problems, small or large, as opportunities.
Hope looks for the good in people, instead of harping on the worst.
Hope cherishes no illusions, nor does it yield to cynicism.
Hope sets big goals and is not frustrated by repeated difficulties or setbacks.
Hope pushes ahead when it would be easier to quit.
Hope puts up with modest gains, realizing “the longest journey starts with one step.”
Hope accepts misunderstandings as the price for serving the greater good of others.
Hope is a good loser because it has the divine assurance of final victory.
Hope draws its power from a deep trust in God and the basic goodness of human nature.
Hope “lights a candle” instead of “cursing the darkness.”
*HOPE written by Father James Keller, Founder of The Christophers.
We wish you a Happy Passover and a Blessed Easter.