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Eric's Wednesday Sermon; Hope

Updated on November 4, 2015

What do I hope for him and what does he hope for?

Own you own hope
Own you own hope | Source

What is hope?

The easiest way to think of hope is in the very normal sense -- A feeling that something desired may happen in the future. I would think that we all get that concept. It is fun because religious people will tell you that that is not what hope means. So that is what most of us think it means but they say it means something else. Excuse me but there is something backward about that logic. That is like the fancy pants "scientists" telling us that what everyone says is green is not really green. Pluto was a planet. Then they changed the definition of a planet and tell us Pluto is no longer a planet. Some folks are weird that way but so be it.

Just have some hair pulling fun and type in the definition of hope into your favorite search engine. So if you want me to tell you what hope means in the Bible you would have to tell me what chapter you are referring to. A sentence or a verse even will not do. Hope is used contextually. It can mean anything from forlorn hope to bending or changing or a part of salvation or even that David hoped for a wife. Hope is a word like "justice" or "love". You have to ask the context in which it is used.

I hope that lays the foundation for a fruitful discussion and some good old fashion chew the fat thinking for us here. I like this one the best: Hope Springs Eternal. That just sounds comforting and nice and what is wrong with comfortable and nice?

Nice song of hope. Please Dance!

I hope to walk this path again.

Some roads lead to what we are hoping to find
Some roads lead to what we are hoping to find | Source

Hope fully

Hopefully is a great word. So is hopeful. And that brings me to what I think is important. The future. Did you ever tell someone who was telling you to live in the moment that in that moment your wanted to think about the future? There is this gal with a young son and her husband was diagnosed with cancer. Sure she grieved a bit. But then she was filled with hope and found joy in life. Have you ever met someone that you thought was very hopeful that was miserable? I have not. So hope is a little bit more than what meets the eye.

Hope can turn what seems to be a disastrous day into a great day. I don't know exactly how that works but I have an idea.

I have studied under a wonderful Yogi the art of meditation. He is a little Jewish fellow who just fell in love with the Hindu culture and was a Tae kwon do master. He encouraged me to put my Jesus into my forefront on all meditations. We agreed I would not learn the translations of the chants so that would not be an issue. The resonance of the possibly 4 thousand year old tonal vibrations were what we were after. Of course "Om" is always God to me. My point here is that we did meditations of visualization of wondrous places. Mine are of the future yet at the same time of places I have been in the past. Believe me after years I can find a happy place even stuck in traffic (although that is more an awareness meditation)

I can find the hope of returning to a glorious place and that fills me with peace and serenity or with varying breathing techniques fires me up and fills me with energy. There is always a hope of being even more filled with God's love for me. Hope actually changes my breathing, lowers my heart rate yet increases my circulation and allows for a higher level of concentration and memory recall and continuity of thought.

You can guess the next portion by listening and watching up here.

What me worry?

Happy and Hope - hmmm might be a connection?
Happy and Hope - hmmm might be a connection? | Source

Hope and Worry

Worry is probably the most common cause of crap in your life. It is mine. If you looked at me you would not know it, because I deal with. I have taught my son not to worry. If takes more work than learning ABC's but far more worth it. Yes we see the worry, know the worry and own the worry and maybe express the worry out loud to take away it's power because it just happens. But we don't stay there. We have developed an auto trigger to change worry into hope. We envision good results we discount the negative and accentuate the possible great outcomes of future.

Here is a fun one that really does have some medically proven truth. If you dance a little jig and force a smile upon your face and think of the future you will be filled with hope/happy.

So yes let us live in the moment but find your self and in that self will be anticipation of future circumstances. It just is. So grab on to health and happy and Hope.

Is Hope Dreaming?

Day Dream My Friend - Dream your day away

Somewhere over the rainbow. My son told me all excited about seeing a rainbow. A bright eyed Kinder describing a rainbow can fill you with hope. What! You exclaim. Joy maybe but hope. Well yes. Hope that his amazement at the wonderful world around him, our heavenly earth will never end.

So let me close this out as I have given us too much to think about already but I will add a portion on sports within a short time.

This is cool because it is about living for today but the theme is to imagine a better world. I call that hope.

For today

XOXOX hugs and kisses to all you hopers out there!


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Ann, you are gifted in saying things well and clear and nice.

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      Ann Carr 

      3 years ago from SW England

      Hope is indeed important. We see the best in things and we cannot despair. Accentuate the positive!

      Great sermon, Eric, as ever. You have the gift of words and the gift of hope. Never stop hoping whichever type of hope is in the moment!


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      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mary, maybe sometimes hope gets a bad rap because it is about the future instead of being present within ourselves now. To me it is a part of my now.

      Love ya lady

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      Mary Craig 

      3 years ago from New York

      How scary our lives would be without hope! I, too, like "Hope springs eternal". We always 'hope' for the best and pray that it happens. We have hope for the future, that things will be good or better.

      This is certainly a sermon for all to contemplate my friend.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      That is a very cool concept and hopefully a reality for many. I was a "afraid of failure" motivated guy for way to long.

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      Brian Leekley 

      3 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      When I say or think "I hope", I usually add "and expect", as in "I hope and expect to accomplish this challenge." Years ago I was more likely to think, "I hope I don't fail this challenge, but I worry I will."

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      And you make the cycle complete this morning by giving me hope. Thank you.

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      Denise W Anderson 

      3 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      I like what you said about worry, that we think it, feel it, and express it, but we don't stay there. We move on. We find hope in the sun rising each day. We find hope in the smile of a friend, in the laugh of a child, and in the love that we feel from others providing service in our behalf. All we have to do is look up, and we find hope. Thanks, I needed that!

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Cris, thank you much for commenting. It is a fine way to wake up and see a note from a friend.

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      3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      "Grab on to health and happy and Hope" -- I will keep that in mind Eric.

      Thank you for feeding us with another hope.

      Love from the sky~

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks much Dora, it works for me. I am glad to pass the bug along.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Some aspects of God are not understood on purpose by purpose driven people. Sad truth. I wonder what it would be like to be defensive about how you feel and believe, enough to throw stones at others. Ruby you make me reflect, thank you.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      "Hope can turn what seems to be a disastrous day into a great day." Absolute truth, Eric. I like all the song videos you include. You infected me with hope.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      You have listed two of my most favorite songs, ' I hope you dance ' and ' Imagine ' I read that John was not a believer because of the lyric, ' If there were no churches. ' How can someone be so blind and yet have 20-20 vision? Another wonderful message. Thank you..

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.


      For some reason your comment reminds me that we really all live for the future. I know Gurus tell us to live in the moment. But rationally we can't, let me show you -- oops that moment is gone, oops that moment is gone, OK I got it, oops that moment is gone. Nanoseconds? What is a now? And how long is a moment? Hope is the positive of knowing we cannot stop time. Despair is the opposite.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.


      I think your comment reflects the important factor "good mentality". Otherwise we get into very murky waters.

      Hey could you do me a favor and write a hub on the significance of the length of Indian names?

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Whonu, that is a wonderful expression of a truth. If hope is not occasioned by faith it is beyond me.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill, my buddies who trudged that road of despair and I call that space Hell on Earth. Give me tragedy but never leave me without hope.

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      Dana Tate 

      3 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      We all seem to live in a continuous state of hope. Without hope there isn't much meaning to life.

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      Venkatachari M 

      3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      One more interesting sermon. Hope is some positive attitude towards some expectations in life. We look at things with a wish that it is going to be alright and good. So, it is a good mentality which makes you happy and leads to a state of peace of mind and keeps you healthy also.

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      3 years ago from United States

      Eric I believe that hope is a humanistic approach to desires, be they good or bad in some eyes. Faith, on the other hand, is a divine self expression that does spring eternally from our belief in a creator of us all. Faith is our declaration that we know a God and believe that the creator watches over his own and grants our requests when beneficial to us as his followers.Thanks for the food for thought my friend. whonu

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      Bill Holland 

      3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nine years ago I was without hope, but my will to live overpowered the sense of loss. I've been there, to that dark place, a place devoid of the light....never going back, buddy!


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