When the unthinkable happens, the lighthouse is hope. (Christopher Reeve, late “Superman” actor)

Reeve’s comment is an antidote to what essayist William Styron wrote, “It is hopelessness even more than pain that crushes the soul.” Reeve continued, “Once we choose hope, everything is possible.” His counsel can be a great encouragement in today’s society where, in the confusion about identity and purpose, not much gives hope. To look above is to find lasting hope.

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)