Romans 15:13: “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.”

Hope is paramount. At least in Paul’s eyes! As he wrote a letter to his Roman friends, he introduced God to them as the God of Hope. From Paul’s perspective, hope is God’s defining feature.

Hope is the fuel that runs the engine of life. Giving up hope is similar to suicide. Hope is the reason we keep on trying. Hope is the germ of optimism that keeps us going. My German grandma always kept her dry sense of humor in situations that weren’t funny. In World War II scenario she raised three of her five children mostly as single Mom – initially because her husband was engaged in the war, later because she divorced him. One of her sayings as her children sat around the dinner table:

“Alles da
Nur kein Papa!”
which translated means:

“Everything is there
Just no Dad!”

That was her way of saying: We’re doing pretty well without him. My grandmother had guts and spunk. She was one of those people we called in German “Stehaufmännchen” – a tumbler who always gets up when knocked down.

I learnt from my Grandma to always get up and to never give up hope. Yet contrary to her awareness we do have a Father. I found out in the course of my life that God is a parent. He is the One Jesus called: “Our Heavenly Father”.

We are not fatherless and we are not hopeless. God is our Father and He cares for us. We have a place in His heart, and we have a place in this life. To misquote my Grandma:

Everything is there
Especially Dad!

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