“So faith, hope, love, abide, these three.”
—1 Corinthians 13:13
Of the three theological virtues, faith, hope, and love, hope generally runs a distant third in the minds of most Christians. Nevertheless, hope is the virtue that I have thought about a great deal lately. In the past six months, I have mourned the passing of a dear friend and of the parents of close friends.
Hope is a virtue that is brought out best in us when we are faced with death, our own or that of those we love, at least in those who have faith in God. For our hope lies in the resurrection of the dead. We have hope that we will join our Lord in the heavenly places. We hope to be reunited with the faithful in the life to come.
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Thomas S. Buchanan is the George W. Laird Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Delaware. He has studied at UCSD, Northwestern University, and MIT, and has held visiting professorships at the University of Western Australia and the University of Aix-Marseille. He has served as department chairman, deputy dean, and institute director, president of the American Society of Biomechanics, and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Applied Biomechanics. He is on the Board of Trustees of Saint Katherine College, the editorial board of Touchstone, and the board of The Fellowship of St. James.
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