Without hope, our faith gives us only an acquaintance with God. Without love and hope, faith only knows Him as a stranger. For hope casts us into the arms of His mercy and of His providence. If we hope in Him, we will not only come to know that He is merciful but we will experience His mercy in our own lives.
— Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island, Sentences on Hope
Faith without hope
is a dry throat
to push down the panic
“What if I am wrong?”
Unless it is
at a world
that has no good news.
Mere acquaintance with God is terrifying.
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This post from last year is a prayer I have prayed over the years, asking the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit to help me be more than an acquaintance.