Four years ago, "hope" was the cliché of the day. The Presidential election hinged on delivering it. Dictionary.com (the new Webster's?) defines hope this way: “the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best”. The Bible uses the word as a source of expectation. With the economy spiraling down and the country becoming increasingly divided, what was it the people wanted? What did they expect? We were told to expect change, change that would improve the economy and heal the divisiveness. Now, 4 years later the rhetoric of hope and change are absent from the political conversation. The economy is still struggling and the country is more divided than I have seen it in my lifetime. What happened to all the hope and what happens to us individually, and as a nation, when what we hoped for does not come to pass? When our expectations are not met? Are we met with only hopelessness? Proverbs 13:12 tells us that "...hope deferred makes the heart sick...". Is it that what we hoped for did not come to pass or is that our hope is misplaced? For centuries, America placed its hope in God. God as our source, God as our inspiration who would deliver us from the snares and consequences of the enemy. Gradually we have replaced our hope in God to hope in man and finally hope in government. We have become "enlightened", turning to education, science and democracy for our hope and deliverance. These gods of humanism have yet to give us any real cause for hope. Solomon expressed this same feeling of hopelessness when he wrote "Meaningless, meaningless, everything is meaningless..." The only cure for a nation with a sick heart is repentance, a turning back to the things of God. We must find out what Solomon found out.... Ecc 12:13 "Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind."