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Meditations on Hope

Many are saying of me, "God will not deliver him." But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain. I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side. 

- Psalm 3:2-6

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning. 

 - Albert Einstein

Never lose thy trust in God. Be thou ever hopeful, for the bounties of God never cease to flow upon man. If viewed from one perspective they seem to decrease, but from another they are full and complete. Man is under all conditions immersed in a sea of God’s blessings. Therefore, be thou not hopeless under any circumstances, but rather be firm in thy hope. 

- ’Abdu’l-Bahá

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You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world's problems at once but don't ever underestimate the importance you can have because

history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own. 

- Michelle Obama

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

- Corinthians 4:16-18

On this Day the poor have been enriched through the wonders of Thine incomparable wealth, the abased have been exalted through the manifold revelations of Thy majesty and glory, the sinful have partaken of the wine of Thy forgiveness, the sick have quaffed from the waters of Thy gracious healing, the disconsolate have taken refuge beneath the shade of the tree of Thy hope and bestowal, and the destitute have attained the shores of the sea of Thy grace and favour. 

- Bahá’u’lláh

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The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.  

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

I simply can't build my hopes on a foundation of confusion, 

misery and death... I think... peace and tranquillity will return again.  

- Anne Frank

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

Where there is hatred … let me sow love, 

Where there is injury … pardon,

Where there is doubt … faith,

Where there is despair … hope.

Where there is darkness …light,

Where there is sadness … Joy.

O Divine Master,

Grant that I may not so much seek

To be consoled … As to console,

To be understood..  as to understand, 

To be loved … as to love,

For it is in giving … that we receive,

It is in pardoning .,.  That we are pardoned,

It is in dying … That we are born to eternal life.

- Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

O My Lord! Make Thy beauty to be my food, and Thy presence my drink, and Thy pleasure my hope, and praise of Thee my action, and remembrance of Thee my companion, and the power of Thy sovereignty my succorer, and Thy habitation my home, and my dwelling-place the seat Thou hast sanctified from the limitations imposed upon them who are shut out as by a veil from Thee. 

Thou art, verily, the Almighty, the All-Glorious, the Most Powerful. 

- Bahá’u’lláh

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