Beyond Hope is Faith

By: Jean R. Charles

I live in a small town named after its Dutch settler, whose name is long and difficult to spell and pronounce. The town just to its south is named Hope, and is well known because of its restored historical status. So, when residents of our town are asked where they live their frequent response is “I live beyond Hope".

Recently, as I was driving home beyond Hope, I began thinking about what it really means to live beyond hope. Hope is about wishing for something to occur in the future.

It implies uncertainty and longing. You want something and do not know if you will get it.

Beyond this future oriented wishful thinking is faith. Faith implies a knowing. It involves trusting the universe to provide. When you live in faith you intuitively know that things will happen as they are meant to happen. You realize you are where you are and have what you have for a reason. You are satisfied not knowing the answers to the why questions.

Hope is a beautiful little town and a great place to live. However, spiritually, living beyond hope, living in faith is more rewarding and peaceful. Perhaps we should consider changing the name of our town to Faith. This would fit well with the beyond Hope thing, and also with our other neighboring towns of Harmony and Tranquility, but those are other stories.

“Faith sees the invisibleFree Web Content, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible." Anonymous.

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