This post was originally published on Michigan Chronicle

By Sherri Kolade

It’s defined as a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain something to happen. Hope is what people have when starting a new job, when dating an engaging person and even on the first day of school. It’s also something that can try our faith and patience when we don’t see what we’re expecting.  

As the scripture in Proverbs 13:12 states, “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.”  

In the United States, April is National Month of Hope, which focuses on celebrating the power of hope — the belief that things will work out, especially when it seems otherwise, according to https://www.impactca.org/.    

National Month of Hope was founded by an organization committed to health and wellness and food security for families, among other significant initiatives. The group called “Mothers in Crisis” adopted the acronym HOPEE which stands for Helping Others Practice Enduring Empowerment. They started using the month of April to provide hope to the people they serve and encouraged others to do the same.   

The four-letter word is an idea clung to by millions over the past two years. When times are hard, hope is what continues to drive people forward. It’s hope that things will get better. It’s hope that people might again experience “normal.” And most of all, it’s hope that we’ll all come out of this pandemic stronger than ever before.   

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