Series: Hopeful, Not Optimistic

Jeff Munroe shares Hopeful, Not Optimistic, where he considers what biblical hope looks like in a world torn apart by so many seemingly unresolvable problems.

Hopeful, Not Optimistic

Hopeful, not Optimistic

Read: Hebrews 6:10-20 We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul. (v. 19 NRSV) I am having a hard time feeling optimistic. Perhaps you are too? I

Hopeful, Not Optimistic

More Than Wishful Thinking

Read: 1 Peter 1:1-16 Set all your hope on the grace that Jesus Christ will bring you. (v. 13 NRSV) I often use the word hope to express wishful thinking. “I hope

Hopeful, Not Optimistic

Hope in a Compost Bucket

Read: John 12:20-32 If it dies, it bears much fruit. (v. 24) I love my compost bucket. It’s provided by a local farm, and every month they cart away a full

Hopeful, Not Optimistic

Dancing Skeletons?

Read: Ezekiel 37:1-14 Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost. (v. 11) I remember hearing the old spiritual “Dry Bones” for the first time. I was nine years

Hopeful, Not Optimistic


Read: Psalm 137 How could we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land? (v. 4 NRSV) The heading in my Bible for Psalm 137 says, “Lament over the Destruction of

Hopeful, Not Optimistic

The Role of Suffering

Read: Romans 5:1-11 We rejoice in our sufferings. (v. 3) I have a friend who is one of the only female Christian leaders in Pakistan. Imagine living in a poor Muslim

Hopeful, Not Optimistic

Lament and Hope

Read: Psalm 102:1-22 My heart is stricken and withered like grass. (v. 4 NRSV) My father died while I was working on this set of devotions. Although he lived to be

Hopeful, Not Optimistic

The Hope of Heaven

Read: 1 Corinthians 15:42-58 We shall also bear the image of the man of heaven. (v. 49) I read an article about heaven the morning of the day my father died, having

Hopeful, Not Optimistic

Hope Soars

Read: Isaiah 40:21-31 Those who hope in the Lord . . . will soar on wings like eagles. (v. 31 NIV) Hope is the thing with feathers,” Emily Dickinson wrote in what might