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Although you have not seen him you love him; even though you do not see him now yet believe in him, you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, as you attain the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

-1 Peter 1:8-9

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Definition: belief, desire, trust; the enemy of despair
Synonyms: aspiration, faith, trust, belief not based on fact

Discussion: The attribute of hope involves feeling that what is desired is also possible. Hope is linked to faith and aspiration. Aspiration involves a strong desire, longing, aim, goal, objective, ambition, and power that directs the individual to higher, nobler, and loftier objectives. It elevates beyond the plane of selfishness to nobility.

Heartwood Story Quote:
I was afraid, Grandfather, until you called to me. Tell me again what you said.

I said, “Don’t be afraid, Boy! Trust your darkness! Go like the wind!”
—Martin and Archambault, Knots on a Counting Rope

Hope Quotations:
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
—Eleanor Roosevelt

“Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.”
—Emily Dickinson

“I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
—Dr. Martin Luther King

“For children, hope is as important as breathing.”
—Sarah Ruddick

“I believe that hope is a moral imperative, and that as we keep our flame of hope burning by our own efforts, we become a big part of the solution.”
—Stephen R. Covey

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”
—Henry David Thoreau

“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.”
—Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

“The black moment is the moment when the real message of transformation is going to come. At the darkest moment comes the light.”
—Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth

“The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof. What I want is so simple - I almost can’t say it: elementary kindness. Enough to eat, enough to go around. The possibility that kids might one day grow up to be neither the destroyers nor the destroyed. That’s about it. Right now I’m in that hope, running down the hallways and touching the walls. Hope involves giving a great deal of yourself away.”
—Barabara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams

“We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.”
—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Facets of Hope in Heartwood Stories (K - 6):
Identifying individual and family hopes and working toward them (A Chair for My Mother)
Recognizing personal hopes and the patience needed to attain them (Owl Moon)
Hope in the face of a handicap; dark mountains are crossed as love and courage give hope (Knots on the Counting Rope)
Hope in the face of loneliness and prejudice (Angel Child, Dragon Child)
Poverty, effort, and hope when all seems hopeless (We Be Warm Till Springtime Comes)
Strong roots give courage to explore and adopt new places (Grandfather's Journey)
Hope in the struggle to be free from the trap of homelessness (Fly Away Home)
Hope elicits endurance, persistence, and thanksgiving (How Many Days to America?)

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