“Hope” is often used in modern English to mean a possible but uncertain desire, as in the phrase “I hope so.” But in the Bible, it is used very differently. It is used in KJV, at least, in the older English meaning of a “an eager expectation of some longed for future event.” Our Christian experience strengthens our hope, for God’s love is still in us working powerfully through all that we go through as Christians.
And we pray:
O Giver of true hope and Comforter of our souls, we have a sure and blessed future that awaits us. We know that Your promises will not and cannot fail because He Who promised is faithful. Your Love is shed abroad in our hearts, and we Love You because You first Loved us. Let the hope You have given us encourage us, we pray, in the midst of even the most difficult circumstances, Amen.