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A few questions.

I have a project I am doing. It would be great if you guys could help me with it. If you could take a few min­utes to answer these ques­tions as best you can it would be great.
Who, what or where gives you hope??
Was there any point in time when you had more hope than you have today?? Why?? or do you hope more now than ever before??
Is there a pho­to­graph that rep­re­sents hope to you?? a song?? a phrase?? a speech??
Is there a book, a film or even a t‑shirt that sums it up the best??
Is there a par­tic­u­lar sea­son that fills you with hope more than any oth­er??
Is there one per­son on plan­et Earth that gives you hope above all oth­ers, is it your mum?? your dad?? your chil­dren?? or some­one you have nev­er met??
Could it be a sin­gle graph­ic image, a cheap doo­dle, piece of graf­fi­ti on a wall??
If you have tak­en the time to answer these thank you very much. If you have tak­en the time to attach images etc then thank you again. This is for a uni project so I will keep you all post­ed on the project, please keep check­ing back for progress.
EDIT: I would real­ly appre­ci­ate some answers from some non-chris­tians. I realise that all the ones so far are from chris­tians, so it would be real­ly great to here from non believ­ers. If you are not a believ­er please don’t feel you have noth­ing to con­tribute, you do and your answers are just as valid and impor­tant as those who do believe.

14 responses

  1. The fact that i know that when i die I am not fin­ished gives me hope and that the ful­ness of life i will expe­ri­ence then, i can expe­ri­ence now. This hope is because of Jesus and I’ve only had it since i became a Chris­t­ian when I was 13, the Bible rep­re­sents it pret­ty well, but so do the stars — if they’ve man­aged to stay up there for so long then i, who means a lot more to god, can prob­a­bly last out too. There isn’t a graph­ic image that fits this for me, at least I haven’t found it yet, it would have to encap­su­late the feel­ing of warm sun on face with the smell of fresh­ness when it’s just rained in sum­mer — prob­a­bly not a pho­to­graph as they so often can’t do the orig­i­nal sight jus­tice, i dun­no — you’re the graph­ic design­er!

  2. Espe­cial­ly at east­er time, I get hope from Jesus when he dies on cross for me. Feel hope­ful now as im excit­ed about the future and what it holds. I think the lit­tle say­ing; a child asked Jesus how much he loves him, and Jesus replied, ‘this much’ and he opened his arms wide upon the cross and died.
    The film the Note­book sums up hope to me because it seems to say that no mat­ter how much suf­fer­ing and pain an indi­vid­ual goes through, love is the one thing than can get you through. I think East­er time is full of hope because it tells of how we have been for­giv­en because we are loved so much. And when we die, it is not over, because of how much God loves us. I find oth­er Chrs­tians fill me with hope when you can see the excit­ment as they try to live and aspire to be like Christ.
    Theres some graffti on a wall in Can­ter­bury of a dark angel which has a glow­ing halo and wings. When I walk past it I always feel it reflects hope because it shows how even though we are dark sin­ners, Jesus still allows him­self to shine out of us.

  3. The amaz­ing truth that Jesus died in my place, to take my sins on his shoul­ders, know­ing that my heav­en­ly Father has for­giv­en me and is prepar­ing my place in heav­en is the only rea­son I can have hope. Some­times you can lose track of what you’re here for, you get caught up in the world and the things it throws at you but then you remem­ber that this isn’t home and that we are only he for a short time, that gives me hope. I guess I did­n’t always think like that, as a kid you kind of just accept that Jesus died for you but you don’t ful­ly under­stand what that means. I defi­nate­ly have more hope now than I did as a kid. It’s hard for me as I am scared of dying and in some ways I think I have to trust in God more and in the hope that he brings. I think a verse in the bible sums in up: 2 Corinthi­ans 4 v 18: So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is tem­po­rary, but what is unseen is eter­nal. How can you not have hope when you have a faith that you have been saved in Jesus Christ. I don’t think any­thing could rep­re­sent hope pic­to­ri­al­ly because it is more than that, it could nev­er be expressed to it’s fullest. Only God can know the hope that you have.

  4. For me hope lies not in the death of Jesus Christ but the fact that he lived again. This puts new light upon the bible pas­sage ‘He whois for us is greater than those who are against’, as it shows my God defeat­ed the uni­ver­sal con­stant: Death. In this life i have no fear, i have ups and downs, but through it all I know death is not the end becuase my God defeat­ed it and promis­es me that so will I. That is hope; liv­ing for the present with no fear fo the future.

  5. Nature gives me hope. The fact that the world goes on no mat­ter how bad things get. That you will always be able to escape to an area of nat­ur­al beau­ty and feel com­plete­ly at ease. Nature is so com­plete­ly awe inspir­ing that I can’t ignore it. To think of all the bil­lions of nat­ur­al process­es and sys­tems that just hap­pen, dispite human inter­ven­tion.
    I think an image that sym­bol­is­es hope for me is that of a sun­set on a beach with waves break­ing over the rocky shore. That is when I feel most at ease with the world and that is what fills me with hope for the future. 🙂

  6. The fact that i am a child of God and that i have eter­nal life gives me hope. My hope is stronger today than it has ever been before. The pic­ture that rep­re­sents hope best to me is of the three cross­es on cal­vary with the focus on the mid­dle one on which Jesus died. i know that it is very sym­bol­ic but when i see the cross it reminds me that Christ died for me and that have free­dom from my sins because of it. The book for me is the book of Romans in the New Tes­ta­ment of the Bible. i dont think that i have a par­tic­u­lar sea­son but if there was one it would prob­a­bly be the sum­mer see­ing the trees with thi­er leaves and the flow­ers and the sun­shine it is all tru­ly amaz­ing. God is ulti­mate­ly who i have my hope in. There is no one like him.

  7. >Who, what or where gives you hope??
    My friends, my girl­friend and my fam­i­ly.
    >Was there any point in time when you had more hope than >you have today?? Why?? or do you hope more now than ever >before??
    Defi­nat­ly more hope as time goes on, because you learn that every­thing always ends up ok in the end.
    >Is there a pho­to­graph that rep­re­sents hope to you?? a >song?? a phrase?? a speech??
    “Dance like nobody’s watch­ing; love like you’ve nev­er been hurt. Sing like nobody’s lis­ten­ing; live like it’s heav­en on earth” — Mark Twain
    >Is there a book, a film or even a t‑shirt that sums it up >the best??
    I quite like any film or book that has a real­ly hap­py end­ing like where two peo­ple fall in love, that makes me real­ly hap­py and gives me a belief that every­one will find true love lat­er even if it takes a while.
    >Is there a par­tic­u­lar sea­son that fills you with hope >more than any oth­er??
    Its nice if it snows in win­ter, or if its rain­ing real­ly hard and just lis­ten­ing to it while in bed
    >Is there one per­son on plan­et Earth that gives you hope >above all oth­ers, is it your mum?? your dad?? your >chil­dren?? or some­one you have nev­er met??
    My girl­friend gives me hope because shes been noth­ing but lov­ly to me since ive met her 🙂
    >Could it be a sin­gle graph­ic image, a cheap doo­dle, piece >of graf­fi­ti on a wall??
    the art­work of chil­dren is always the most inspir­ing thing to see, great just to look over some of the stuff that ive drawn that my mom has saved and shown me from so long ago!
    Im not a chris­t­ian, but i respect and quite like chris­tian’s beliefs and i hope­ful­ly u’d appre­ci­ate my answers. Katie Shaw ask me to do it so thank her! 🙂

  8. what gives me hope? Per­pet­u­al hope — water. It is nev­er end­ing. It rains, col­lects as a small rivulet, builds into a stream, to a riv­er to an estu­ary, before final­ly col­lect­ing in the sea, where it wash­es the shore or crash­es the rocks. You can see a storm out at sea while stand­ing in the sun on a cliff lis­ten­ing to the crash­ing sounds. the ebb and flow links to my heart beat — rht­mi­cal, steady. Water does fail some­times like in Africa, but that sin­gle rain drop gives so much hope, hope of things to come. It wash­es, it feeds, It is life giv­ing both phys­i­cal and spir­i­tu­al. Be filled with the life giv­ing waters of our Lord.

  9. Who, what or where gives you hope??
    My friends and fam­i­ly give me hope. Not always explic­it­ly but through their advice and guid­ance hope is gained and helps build your own per­son­al aspi­ra­tions and hope.
    Was there any point in time when you had more hope than you have today?? Why?? or do you hope more now than ever before??
    I don’t think hope can be quan­ti­fied like this. There are dif­fer­ent types of hope depend­ing on your cur­rent sit­u­a­tion and out­look on things. I ‘hope’ I will win the lot­tery, just like I hope Not­ting­ham For­est won’t get rel­e­gat­ed! 😉 These aren’t life long dreams but mear­ly spur of the moment feel­ings based on my cur­rent sur­round­ings and opin­ions. I also have my own per­son­al hopes and dreams such as hav­ing a fam­i­ly and get­ting a good job.
    Is there a pho­to­graph that rep­re­sents hope to you?? a song?? a phrase?? a speech??
    “Don’t be encum­bered by his­to­ry, go out and do some­thing won­der­ful” — Robert Noyce, Intel Cor­po­ra­tion.
    I only heard this quote recent­ly but when I heard it it real­ly made me think about things.

    Is there a book, a film or even a t‑shirt that sums it up the best??
    The book and film Papil­lon by Hen­ri Char­riere to me rep­re­sents one man’s strug­gle against an unjust sys­tem and his desire to escape. It dis­plays how his hope nev­er sub­sided and he even­tu­al­ly escaped and became a free man.
    Is there a par­tic­u­lar sea­son that fills you with hope more than any oth­er??
    I think that the autumn or win­ter would fill me with hope. The fact that all the leaves are orange and that the cold wet rainy win­ter is com­ing but you hope that the win­ter is mild and that you know spring and sum­mer will come again next year.
    Is there one per­son on plan­et Earth that gives you hope above all oth­ers, is it your mum?? your dad?? your chil­dren?? or some­one you have nev­er met??
    I would­n’t say that there is one spe­cif­ic per­son that gives me hope more than oth­ers. Hope is gained from any num­ber of fac­tors includ­ing peo­ple of beliefs.
    Could it be a sin­gle graph­ic image, a cheap doo­dle, piece of graf­fi­ti on a wall??
    Yes — I guess thats where you come in 😉
    Hope these few lit­tle ram­blings help out a lit­tle.
    Cheers bud­dy.
    Oli

  10. >Who, what or where gives you hope??
    my faith, my friends and fam­i­ly. home. my bed room at home, and my home church build­ing! i dont know why, maybe its famil­iar­i­ty. yeh, prob­a­bly famil­iar­i­ty
    >Was there any point in time when you had more hope than >you have today?? Why?? or do you hope more now than ever >before??
    no, think im fair­ly at my peak of hope — think its just when every­thing is going well, life feels good and im hap­py then hope feels more like hope makes sense. but i always have hope in God there­fore i’m a fair­ly high-in-hope (hope­ful?) per­son gen­er­al­ly.
    >Is there a pho­to­graph that rep­re­sents hope to you?? a >song?? a phrase?? a speech??
    errm, the Bible is full of them! cant think of one at the moment. im rub­bish, i know.
    >Is there a book, a film or even a t‑shirt that sums it up >the best??
    think Bil­ly Elliot is a good one for hope — get­ting over obsti­cles with the sheer deter­mi­na­tion makes me feel like there is hope for every­one.
    >Is there a par­tic­u­lar sea­son that fills you with hope >more than any oth­er??
    sum­mer — things feel more pos­i­tive, there­fore ‘fills me with hope’. East­er Sun­day, for obvi­ous rea­sons. but the Gospel is true always so dun­no why East­er sun­day feels spe­cial!
    >Is there one per­son on plan­et Earth that gives you hope >above all oth­ers, is it your mum?? your dad?? your >chil­dren?? or some­one you have nev­er met??
    errm i think my par­ents nev­er end­ing faith in me gives me hope. when i ‘fail’ they still have faith i will make it, and they have faith in me when i feel hope­less. and again, Jesus gives me hope cos i believe there would­nt be any hope at all with­out Him!
    >Could it be a sin­gle graph­ic image, a cheap doo­dle, piece >of graf­fi­ti on a wall??
    a rain­bow — a sign of God’s promise… no hope with­out a promise.
    Tried me best chuck­le… xx

  11. Who, what or where gives you hope??: My hope lies with­in the promis­es set out by God (uno­rig­i­nal answer i know but true all the same), to know that there is some­thing wait­ing for us at the end of our time on Earth… makes all this crap worth while.
    Was there any point in time when you had more hope than you have today?? Why?? or do you hope more now than ever before??: I guess when you’re younger you don’t hope as much because you’re so depen­dent on your par­ents, you don’t know what hope is. You may hope for your favourite toy but then again, hope is hope right? Becom­ing a Chris­t­ian changes your out­look on life so sure, i hope more now than before.
    Is there a pho­to­graph that rep­re­sents hope to you?? a song?? a phrase?? a speech??: not too sure, not some­thing I usu­al­ly think about. Watch­ing Walk the Line recent­ly, that rep­re­sents a hope. A hope to be bet­ter both in terms of more sucess­ful and more nor­mal ‑a para­dox. Worth watch­ing, but be care­ful… i left want­i­ng to lis­ten to coun­try music :S oh dear
    Is there a book, a film or even a t‑shirt that sums it up the best??: see above
    Is there a par­tic­u­lar sea­son that fills you with hope more than any oth­er??: Spring, that’s the rea­son I love Dafodils so much 🙂 The begin­ning of new life.
    Is there one per­son on plan­et Earth that gives you hope above all oth­ers, is it your mum?? your dad?? your chil­dren?? or some­one you have nev­er met??: Is is too obvi­ous to say Jesus? I’ll meet him one day. On a more per­son­al lev­el (not that Jesus isn’t per­son­al), is the hope of future friend­ships and rela­tion­ships. When you move on (home, job, etc) you make new friends ‑at least you hope too.
    Could it be a sin­gle graph­ic image, a cheap doo­dle, piece of graf­fi­ti on a wall??: the world. mag­nif­i­cent, big, God’s hand craft­ed work.
    (I don’t know how to attach pic­tures)

  12. Who, what or where gives you hope??
    I guess I give myself hope. It is my inabil­i­ty to dis­prove to myself that there isn’t any­more room for hope, that calms all the dis­con­tent that can swell in a fleet­ing moment, or a crush­ing day.
    Was there any point in time when you had more hope than you have today?? Why?? or do you hope more now than ever before??
    If there was ever more hope; it was just in quan­ti­ty. And those were prob­a­bi­ly more akin to being wish­es. –When I younger, I had more things I hoped for to hap­pen. I don’t think it is cyn­i­cism or a drought of the present–but a dif­fer­ence in lifes dis­po­si­tion of wait­ing for the future to arrive, ver­sus real­iz­ing the present is (to put it plain­ly) all there is.
    Is there a pho­to­graph that rep­re­sents hope to you?? a song?? a phrase?? a speech??
    There are plen­ty I know that I’ve come across. But the ones that ini­tial­ly come to mind at the ques­tion, is Imag­ine by John Lennon, or Across the Uni­verse by the Bea­t­les. But I don’t think many things con­tain the essence of hope for me. It’s just a nuance that–fromt time to time–calms the dis­con­tent, or sends it out for a con­sid­er­a­tion with fleet­ing thought.
    Is there a book, a film or even a t‑shirt that sums it up the best??
    Noth­ing cur­rent­ly fuels me besides myself.
    Is there a par­tic­u­lar sea­son that fills you with hope more than any oth­er??
    Win­ter. –Wait­ing to be uncoiled from its grip to prove my exis­tence.
    Is there one per­son on plan­et Earth that gives you hope above all oth­ers, is it your mum?? your dad?? your chil­dren?? or some­one you have nev­er met??
    Nobody per­ma­nent right now. Just those that catch my fleet­ing ado­ra­tion. Hop­ing with­out is long­ing, I sup­pose. –Just more wish­es for a fan­cy moment, these days.
    Could it be a sin­gle graph­ic image, a cheap doo­dle, piece of graf­fi­ti on a wall??
    Could be–sometimes.

  13. Who, what or where gives you hope??
    I actu­al­ly draw hope from many things:
    — My friends give me hope.
    — Cer­tain things that I read and find on the inter­net give me hope — by this I mean intel­li­gent­ly word­ed dis­cus­sion, thought­ful argu­ment, and posts like the one I’m reply­ing to here. The sim­ple fact that a cat­e­go­ry of indi­vid­ual who is suf­fi­cient­ly thought­ful, pas­sion­ate, and intel­li­gent to car­ry out some of the dis­cus­sions I see gen­uine­ly gives me hope. There’s an oppo­site of course, but that’s as with all things.
    — most impor­tant­ly, my fam­i­ly (par­tic­u­lar­ly my wife and son) give me hope. There’s some­thing about hav­ing a very young child which gen­er­ates hopes and fears in equal and alarm­ing­ly volu­mi­nous mea­sure.
    Was there any point in time when you had more hope than you have today?? Why?? or do you hope more now than ever before??
    I actu­al­ly think that now I have a fam­i­ly, I have more hope than ever before. It’s very easy to hope for won­der­ful things before they hap­pen to you, but it’s after you’ve lived through and expe­ri­enced won­der­ful things that you’re inspired to hope for even more won­der­ful things to hap­pen (and by won­der­ful things I don’t mean win­ning the lot­tery, etc, I mean things like my child being born safe­ly, talk­ing, tak­ing his first steps: The hope for the next tiny mir­a­cle).
    Is there a pho­to­graph that rep­re­sents hope to you?? a song?? a phrase?? a speech??
    There are a cou­ple of songs; A Mag­ic World by The Eels (also Hey Man (Now You’re Real­ly Liv­ing)), also One in a mil­lion by Chris Wood (one of the most beau­ti­ful songs I’ve heard in a long time).
    Is there a book, a film or even a t‑shirt that sums it up the best??
    While many write it off as sci-fi hokum (or sim­ply rub­bish) I think Signs is one of the best films about hope ever made. It has obvi­ous, strong reli­gious over­tones, but I actu­al­ly think that beyond this it’s a gen­uine­ly mov­ing film. Again, I’m sure the top­ic of hope in mod­ern and clas­sic cin­e­ma is a huge one, but any fur­ther exam­ples escape me at the moment.
    Is there a par­tic­u­lar sea­son that fills you with hope more than any oth­er??
    Not real­ly. I sup­pose Christ­mas time (ergo, the win­ter) fills me with the most hope; direct­ly as a result of close prox­im­i­ty to fam­i­ly and friends.
    Is there one per­son on plan­et Earth that gives you hope above all oth­ers, is it your mum?? your dad?? your chil­dren?? or some­one you have nev­er met??
    There is no one per­son.
    Could it be a sin­gle graph­ic image, a cheap doo­dle, piece of graf­fi­ti on a wall??
    Not in my case.

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