What makes you cope with stress, anxiety, and a world filled with murderers thieves and liars, what makes you turn to prayers to assist you with problems? Hope!.. In the story of Pandora’s Box, when all the evil escaped, only Hope remained in the box, and in the very much appreciated novel The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gatsby was very poor and so he went after Success and notoriety, all to get the girl of his dreams Daisy, and even when she left him never to return, he held on to Hope that one day she would come back to him. Hope is an orientation of the heart. A renewable energy source that comes from the grace of God. It never runs out. We can tap into it whenever it is needed. President Obama won the election due to Hope, and his slogan was ‘A Change Will Come‘. Martin Luther King said “Everything That Is Done In This World Is Done By Hope“. One would rather have Hope as his companion than its nemesis Despair. When we pray we Hope for better. We hold on to Hope with dear life, Hope is our comforter. Amid discomfort, chaos, poverty, homelessness, disease, hatred, discrimination, it is Hope which keeps some people from putting a rope around their neck. People pray and fast in Hope that God will answer them, and People do good deeds in Hope that when they die they will go to heaven. We thank God for Hope.
Hope springs eternal in the human breast; Man never is, but always to be blessed:The soul, uneasy and confined from home,Rests and expatiates in a life to come.– Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man…Hope Springs Eternal! Hope is nourished by Patience. During the time when my Spiritual God Mother did her evil to me by way of witchcraft, read my post Wicked People, I sat home for almost two years not earning a thing. She had blocked all my doors with witchcraft. I had great friends in my small circle of spiritual people, yet I sought no help from them, as we initiates would comfort and check oracles for each other if we came under attack from another powerful person as was she. I would sit in my bedroom and stare through the window daily in silent prayer. This powerful witch was attacking me, she attacked me in such a way that a lesser person would have fight back, and to fight her back, with all her talons bare would be to Kill her. That, I would not even consider, I had the fear of God within me, and make no doubt about it, to fear the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom. So I would wake up every morning and pray. I would go to my shrines and kneel humbly to my Osun and my Ifa and I would pray. I never cursed God or asked him why? I knew that this would not last forever. I did not know when it would end, but I had Hope that God would assist me out of my dilemma, and he did. I was being tested. If I had not Hope and Faith in a higher power, I would have sought the help of my all too powerful friends and we would have retaliated in a way which would have affected her worse than what she did to me, but like Job, when backed against the walls with nowhere to go, I cursed not God and held onto Hope, and like Job I was renewed, I thank God!
Hope strengthens your faith, often times without you even realizing it. No matter how bad a situation is, it is common knowledge that anything is possible. A scientist whole life and research is Based on Hope. Pastors and Imams preach daily in Hope of reaching some lost soul. People, men and women make themselves attractive in Hope of getting a spouse, and people go to school to get an education in order to do well in life, perhaps even better than their parents so that they may one day assist them. In Christianity Hope is one of the three theological virtues, Faith, Hope and Charity. Hope is distinct on its own because it is directed toward the future, as fervent desire and confident expectation. Hope is confined to man forever. It is Hope why many people buy the lottery, Hope keeps us motivated. We need Hope to survive in this world which is filled with despair. Everyone relies on Hope. Hope is the only thing stronger than Fear, when danger looms and you are left staring out at impending doom, it is Hope which still stand strong. A dying man takes his last breath with Hope still clutched in his hands. My mother used to pray all the time “God please let me live to see my children pass the worst” unspoken within these words were…God please assist my children to do good in this life, let them be happy in their own lives and keep them well, let me live so I can see it. This was her Hope and dream for us, as with any parent for their children.
Marcus Garvey gave the black man Hope. In one of his letters he wrote “Look for me in the whirlwind! He gave us Hope that not even death could keep him away from the fight for our freedom and equality. He wanted us to know that a change will come and even without a physical body he would still be with us along with countless of other spirits, charged and ready for battle , he would fight along with us, using every element, every force of nature. He wanted to reassure a race of people who have been suffering for years, that death could not hold him back, he needed us to have Hope!….. “If I die in Atlanta my work shall then only begin, but I shall live, in the physical or spiritual to see the day of AfricaÂ´s glory. When I am dead wrap the mantle of the Red, Black and Green around me, for in the new life I shall rise with GodÂ´s grace and blessing to lead the millions up the heights of triumph with the colors that you well know. Look for me in the whirlwind or the storm, look for me all around you, for, with GodÂ´s grace, I shall come and bring with me countless millions of black slaves who have died in America and the West Indies and the millions in Africa to aid you in the fight for Liberty, Freedom and Life.”
While Bob Marley battled his illness, he found the strength to write and record Redemption song, which is hailed as one of his greatest work. Marcus Garvey’s words can be found in the song, “Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds”. Marley recorded the song in solo acoustic, It was as if he meant to give us his last message, a message of Hope. He needed no accompaniment, to shrill out the words, he wanted us to be able to hear them and perhaps sing along with him, after we had heard the lyrics and learned them well. It was a message of Hope. Faced with his own mortality, through song. he gave us Hope.
Helen Reddy’s song, I Am Woman..There you find the essence of Hope scattered throughout the lyrics, that as a woman you can do anything. There is a line in the song which says, “I am strong, I am invincible, I am woman”, Highly inspirational, this song gives Hope to every little girl that their possibilities were endless, they could dream and realize their dreams. Journey has a song “Don’t Stop Believing” which is a song of Hope., and Jimmy Cliff song, “You Can Get It If You Really Want It”, Johnny Nash “I Can See Clearly Now The Rain Is Gone, all songs of Hope and Inspiration. Music carries the voice of Hope so very strongly. We Hope to be the best we can in this life. We Hope to raise good children who will be upstanding citizens of the world. We Hope to do right by everyone around us and not be found sinful or wretched in the eyes of our fellow human beings and most importantly in the eyes of our God. We Hope for a Peaceful and a Better world and we Hope to see this in our lifetime. I Obara Meji Hope to be remembered when the time which is so far away off, comes and I go off into a world up yonder, to be remembered as a Good person who impacted peoples lives in a good and positive way. I Hope and pray that all of you who visit me here everyday use your head to find your way in life, as the fish uses its head to find his way through murky water of the River or Sea….ase!
Better Must Come… by Delroy Wilson
“Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.”
― Shel Silverstein
“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.”
― John Lennon
“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.”
― Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
“Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird,
That cannot fly.”
― Langston Hughes
“It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.”
― Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl
“Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.”
― Emily Dickinson
“They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.”
“What can be seen can be changed”…..Obara Meji
“Everything happens for a reason and Everything comes when it must”….Obara Meji
Mímì lẹpọ̀n àgbò ńmì, kò lè já. /
The ram’s testicles are merely dangling, they cannot fall off….Yoruba Proverb!
[Keep hope alive, though tough it may seem]
Obara Meji is a spiritualist, Ifa-Orisa practitioner, and teacher of metaphysics. Since 2011 she has used her online platform to share her personal experiences to those seeking answers about spirituality. Her teachings will expand into short stories, novels, and public speaking to continue her mission of bringing enlightenment to the world.