I was without a car for much of today, so when my dentist appointment rolled around, I jumped on my bike and rode to Worden. It gave time to think, and one of the things I was thinking about was the place of hope.
As Lutheran Christians we know what to do with faith and with love. We pray that the Sacrament strengthen us in faith towards God and in fervent love toward another. We know that the Christian lives outside himself; he lives in God by faith and in his neighbor by love. But where's the THIRD of the cardinal virtues: hope?
I wondered if they weren't all three united in this way: our hope is the certainty of our faith, that one day love will prevail; that as it prevailed already in the Crucified and Risen Son of God, so through Him it will prevail ultimately in all things. Our hope is the faith that love never ends and cannot fail.