In the June 2009 issue of the Ensign Magazine, there is an article by Larry Hiller on the topic of hope. In the article he tells how “hope is anything but wishful. It is expectation based on experience.” Brother Hiller also shares this poem that he wrote:

Walking with Two Sisters
Faith walks before me,
Holding up her lamp
As I try not to stumble in the ink-
dark hours before the dawn.
Her light illuminates
One step and then another
Beside me, Hope, arm linked
with mine, encourages and
Sometimes in the tedium,
Distracted by the pain,
My mind begins to wander, then
my feet. I hesitate.
Unsure, I look to Hope.
Her hand takes mine.
The touch reminds me of another
hand held out to me,
One pierced and scarred
Yet oh so tender
Lifting me and blessing me when
I had fallen and despaired.
I move ahead
Buoyed up by Hope, who sees
the end with perfect clarity.

Please share your thoughts on this poem, and if you wish, share any thoughts or experiences you have had with hope.

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