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To place one’s hope in God means to submit to Him one’s life, one’s fate, all one’s future, and to confidently await the fulfillment of His promises. Hope springs from faith like a plant from a seed, like a stream from a source. We believe that the Lord is benevolent and merciful, that He loves us like a Father: consequently, He wishes us all good things and true happiness. He is all-wise and all- knowing: therefore, He knows better than we ourselves what is needful and beneficial for us. He is all-powerful: and thus He can always grant us whatever He wishes, fulfill any promise He may make. He is holy and righteous: and for this reason all His words are truthful, all His promises are immutable. We see the supreme proof of God’s love for man in that for our sake He has not spared even His only-begotten Son, but gave Him over to suffering and death. Having fortified our souls with thoughts of the boundless benevolence, wisdom, omnipotence and holiness of our Creator and Caretaker, we can pass the course of our earthly life without fear or trepidation, like a child in its mother’s arms, like a ship with a secure anchor. Nevertheless, our hope should not cause us to be carefree and idle. Christian hope is essentially a lively, active and constant striving towards the highest good and towards the source of goodness – the Lord God, with an insatiable desire to draw near to Him, and to receive from Him and through Him the heavenly kingdom that had been prepared for us even before the world was born. As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after Thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God (Psalm 42:1-2).