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COMMENTARY: Hope

By Chaplain (Capt.) Meade Adams 2nd Bomb Wing Chapel

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“Hope is a powerful weapon, and one that no power on earth can deprive you of.” – Nelson Mandela

It’s official, holiday season is in full swing! Holiday music is flooding the radios and stores, displays are up everywhere, and gifts, wrapping paper and marketing campaigns are abundant. It is also a season where several religious groups take time to celebrate and remember various religious events.

One of the themes that runs through this time of year, regardless of religion or creed, is hope. It is a season of hope no matter why you are celebrating the season.

As Nelson Mandela pointed out in the opening quote, hope is a powerful thing. Having it or not having it can build us up or break us down. We love stories of hope. We love underdog stories, and dramas and action stories that inject hope into our lives and into our screens. I believe this is why superhero movies have become the largest segment of the movie industry in recent years. Superheroes are quintessential stories of hope.

The question for us this week is where does our hope reside? What is the source of our sense of hope? Hope for the future, hope for our lives, for our nation, for our military? Find your place of hope and find yourself in better spirits during this holiday season.