This is the first week of Advent and the first week is Hope. Or is it Faith? What is the difference between the two?
Charles Fillmore, Unity’s co-founder said, “Hope is the expectation of good in the future. And “Faith is the certainty that our good is right now.”
This week I had a practical example of this difference between hope and faith in action. Somewhere between Spectrum Mall and our home, I lost my wallet.
Now, I have complete faith in the Truth that nothing is lost in God’s Universe, even if I don’t know where it is, so I knew that the wallet was not lost, I just didn’t know where it was. Christopher and I prayed and continued to affirm that the wallet was not lost, just not available for me to see.
Faith is knowing something is Truth even when appearances seem to be contrary to that – the Truth of my situation was that the wallet was not lost.
I hoped that I would find the wallet on the floor of my car or somewhere in my house. But it was not at either location. I then turned my hope to find it on the ground near where I parked my car. It was not there. Then I hoped that it was somewhere on the ground between the store and the car. Again to no avail.
So I just continued to pray and affirm what I knew to be true, that all things are not lost in this Universe, and continued to hope that the location would be revealed to me. Alas, it did not happen. I still had faith but hope was losing its luster. My final hope was that someone would have turned it into the mall office.
Without much expectation but still clinging to hope, I called the mall office. Lo and behold they had my wallet – someone had found it and turned it in. Already at the mall, I went into the mall office, and with great relief, retrieved my wallet.
Hope is what keeps us going when it seems things are not happening the way we would like them to. Hope is not a poor relative of faith but an active partner in making faith real in our lives. Hope is what keeps us keeping on! Faith is knowing we do not have to do it alone.
Quote of the Week
“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”