I met up with some new friends this weekend, and somehow the topic of “borrowing hope” came up. It’s nothing complicated– simply the idea that when one is low on hope, hope can be borrowed from one’s friends and community. Others who experience more hope can share that hope with those who are downcast.

Hope has been on my mind lately. On a global level, I can say we live in an incredible world, but it is also a world that is broken by violence. Whatever hope we have in this world must lie beyond what we see right before us. And on a personal level, my efforts to simplify my life are reminders of where my hope is. My hope is not in my things and my distractions.

On Borrowing Hope

Hope can be such an easy thing to lose. Unmet expectations in one circumstance do not bode well for expectations in other circumstances. There are people who are laden with disappointment and loss. Hope is not easy to hold onto when situations are less than ideal.

What we all need is strong, sturdy hope that is rooted in truth.

So, the idea of “borrowing hope” really intrigued me. Can someone have so much hope, as to be able to lend it to someone in need?

I think it’s possible. And I think we lend out our hope whenever we comfort others, encourage them, teach them, advise them, pray for them, and bless them. The idea that we are called to let others borrow our hope is an incredible way to understand the people that I interact with everyday.

Is there someone who needs to borrow hope from me? How can I contribute to restoring their hope? How have others restored my hope?

The Lamenter’s words came to mind as I pondered these things.

But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Lending hope is saying, “You don’t believe right now, but I do. I believe. So just believe in me, and I will believe for you until you believe again.”

Have you ever borrowed hope? What do you call to mind when you’re seeking to find hope? Who will you lend your hope to this week?