In writing on this passage, John Wesley said, “Living hope…implies true spiritual life, which revives the heart, and makes the soul lively and vigorous.” Maybe it is this living hope that keeps us on our feet when the weight of life threatens to knock us down.
What relationships, experiences, and practices revive your heart and make your soul lively and vigorous? How can you introduce these more heavily into your daily life – not only when things are difficult, but when things are going smoothly, in effect building up a surplus of hope? Think of someone who is going through a difficult time. How can you become a part of reviving and invigorating their hope? What small steps can you take?
Offer a prayer of thanksgiving for the promise of life offered in the resurrection of Jesus and commit yourself to responding with an “indescribable and glorious joy.”