“If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except the one who was descended from heaven, the Son of Man. For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” -John 3:12-13,16-17

I am a Vikings fan, and I am used to having only hope. I can count the amount of good seasons that I remember the Vikings had on one hand. This year though, they’ve been doing great, and look less like the underdogs they usually are.

When I looked for stories and verses in the Bible about hope to give me inspiration for this devotion, I found a story and all I needed to see was one word – “underdog”. Most of the time all that underdogs have is hope. When I hear the word “underdog” the first thing I think of was when the New York

Giants beat the New England Patriots in the 2008 Super Bowl. To put this game in context, the Patriots had a perfect 18-0 season, including the playoffs, up to that point. I distinctly remember watching the game and being in shock by the end of the game when the Giants won.

That’s one of the things about hope, we may not know exactly when it’ll pay off, but we just want it to happen with faith that it will work out. I believe that hope and faith are related in a similar way. I believe in God because I have faith that God exists, not necessarily because I have physical proof.

Hope is not knowing whether something will happen or not – we may believe that it will happen, but at the same time there isn’t really a way of knowing something will happen until it does. We just hope that whatever we are wishing to happen really does happen.

Hope is such a vital and basic part of all beings, humans, animals, and even God has hopes for us. Although God is not constrained by time, God made us with hope, we are made in the image of God, and I believe that throughout time God hopes that we can make the world a better place.
– Alex O.

God of all time and space, all our hope lies in you. Help us all to be open to your Spirit and moved to make your world the way you intend it. Amen.

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