"At the heart of the good news is a call to suffer with others. To take the time to listen and struggle and wait and love others. Hope is not always cheery it is the conistent, authentic expectation of light even in the dark."- Kevin Williams in a comment on Addie Zierman's blog How to Talk Evangelical
Frequently, hope is grim, gallows humor, one soldier in the trenches to another. Sometimes it's calm, knowledgeable assurance that has seen the darkness and the light on the other side. Rarely is it really 100% chipper cheerfulness. At least, this has been true in my experience. Yours?