Hope is defined as "the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best." Hope is a good thing.
But my hope is in Jesus. It's more than just a feeling; it's a solid assurance. It's a promise that will not be broken. Hope in Jesus is more than good, it's peace beyond all explanation. Even as I look into the eyes of a child as he takes his last breaths, I can confidently tell him that it will be okay. I can tell him the truth that he is loved, will soon feel no more pain, and everything will be okay.
That little boy now knows that hope is real. As he is now sitting at the feet of our Father, he no longer feels pain. He no longer suffers. He is surrounded by love, beauty, mercy. He is embraced by the presence of the Lord. A better hope than that does not exist.
Romans 5:2-5 -
"...And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us."
And that is how I can look into a dying child’s eyes and tell him,
“It’s going to be okay. You are NOT forgotten. You are loved.”
How thankful I am to have this confidence within me. It WILL be okay. Praise be all to Jesus.