Food for Thought – August

Food for Thought – August

This month’s topic for our HEC Food for Thought discussion group is Hope. Please read the brief selections below and in the space below, add a comment on these selections or in answer to the reflection questions.

Selection #1:

“Hope—Hope in the face of difficulty. Hope in the face of uncertainty.  The audacity of hope!  In the end that is God’s greatest gift to us…A belief in things not seen. A belief that there are better days ahead. “    Barack Obama

Questions for Reflection:

  • We are in a time of difficulty and uncertainty. 
  • What do you have the audacity to hope for?
  • What “will better days ahead“look like for you?

Selection #2:

Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless. Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them. Psalm 10:17

Questions for Reflection:

  • How has God heard your cries and comforted you in your life?
By | 2020-08-07T21:34:32+00:00 August 7th, 2020|Uncategorized|8 Comments


  1. TERESA RAHILLY August 12, 2020 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    Pray without ceasing, and never give up on the bright promises of God

  2. TERESA RAHILLY August 12, 2020 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    Pray without unceasing, and never give up on the bright promises of God.

  3. Jane Hyland fiore August 12, 2020 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    Hope has been slippery for me since March. I have it and then…. whoops it’s gone. I continue to practice gratitude and try to learn from the challenges of this unique time. Kindness, tolerance and patience are lessons I am learning.

  4. Arlene Jones August 11, 2020 at 2:34 am - Reply

    “Better days ahead” for me means being able to see and hug and kiss my children and grandchildren. Being able to go to San Diego, go to a movie and a Broadway show, not being afraid to greet a stranger. Hope allows me to harbor the belief those things can happen. It is something to be shared, not coveted just for me. Hope is truly a God-given gift.

  5. Arlene Jones August 11, 2020 at 2:22 am - Reply

    I love that expression, “the audacity of hope”. How dare we hope for what may never come to be, for what we do not deserve, for what will spring and jolt us out of the inertia of our hum-drum lives. I have the audacity to hope that after 53 years of marriage to my beloved, we may have many more.

  6. Murbs August 10, 2020 at 1:21 am - Reply

    Food for thought on Hope. When we are in times of trials and troubles Hope is the fuel and energy of our faith to keep going. Hope helps us to recognize that God is and always will be with us. Hope helps us to recognize the love and charity in action amid the rubble. Hope is not judgemental it helps us recoginze the good in every person, place and thing. When things are tough I have to calm down. Try not to be a control freak and recognize & listen the whisper of the Spirit. From Murbs.

  7. Ilse August 8, 2020 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    Sorry for the typos

  8. Ilse August 8, 2020 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    I would substitute trust for the word hope. Hope sounds Luke we are not sure Hod is in charge. faith could also be substituted. If I only hope snd sm not sure I’m on a slippery path

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