Hoping or Wishing

I added a couple of books to my wish list. It’s an ongoing list that I remember to look at every few months. I usually delete a couple that were added last year because it was just a wish. Not something that made me click “buy now”.

Our language is a funny thing. We toss around the word love so cavalierly and mistake a wish for hope.

Or maybe it’s me. 

The dictionary has wish and hope as interchangeable. For me, hope is so much more.

A wish is something you get with a blink like I Dream of Jeannie or a wiggle of the nose like Bewitched. It’s something a bit extravagant that’s a fun thought. 

A wish is what you do when you close your eyes and blow out your birthday candles. Those wishes are often quickly forgotten. 

I want hope to be more than that. 

I want a hope that considers the impossible and says, I’m hoping anyway. 

I want hope to be enduring and steadfast;  water in the desert.

Hope is a tiny flicker of light that reminds me even when the dark is heavy and threatens to suffocate me, that small spark gives me breath.

This is the Hope of Christmas.

“Hope of all hopes, dream of our dreams,

    a child is born, sweet-breathed; a son is given to us: a living gift….

His name? His name we’ll know in many ways—

    He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Dear Father everlasting, ever-present never-failing,

    Master of Wholeness, Prince of Peace.”

Isaiah 9:6 VOICE

This is my belief, my everlasting hope.

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