Hope “On The Rocks”


As he downed his last drink, he thought he would somehow numb the pain of it all. But it didn’t, so he ordered again, “One more on the rocks!” he slurred. And he kept on drinking till he could drink no more and the next time he surfaced, was face up in the morgue.

Where do they go?
They come here
To drown in their sorrow and cry in their beer
They’re in need of a mindbender
I’m a bartender
At the end of the day
I’m all they’ve got
Hope on the rocks
(Toby Keith)

Hope; without it, we are all doomed to a life of misery. After all, without it, we can be overtaken by the demons of depression, sadness, and the thought of how rainy days will never end. Is it any wonder then, that some whose “hopes are on the rocks” drown themselves in alcohol and drugs as the darkness closes in.

Instead of searching for hope in liquids poured on ice, which never actually help those hopes materialize, it is so much better to search for the fulfillment of hope in the promises found in the gospel of Jesus Christ. The proven results in the fulfillment of hope are found in the testimonies of millions of souls who have had their “hope on the rocks” renewed when they hold the hand of the Savior of the world.

Over twenty years ago Russel M. Nelson had this to say on hope:

“Have you noticed in the scriptures that hope seldom stands alone? Hope is often linked with faith. Hope and faith are commonly connected to charity. Why? Because hope is essential to faith; faith is essential to hope; faith and hope are essential to charity (see 1 Corinthians 13:13) They support one another like legs on a three-legged stool. All three relate to our Redeemer.” (“A More Excellent Hope”)

Just this past week he added regarding these uncertain times:

“Heavenly Father and his Son Jesus Christ know us, love us and are watching over us. Of that we can be certain.” During these uncertain times,” he continued, “be comforted by this promise from the Savior. He said, ‘I the Lord am bound when you do what I say.’ I promise you that joy is always within the reach of everyone who will hear him and obey his laws.”

What a wonderful message for us all! Hope is lead by faith that good things are ahead. This hope and faith lead to action which is the genesis of change. This action is necessary for hope to become realized. When we lose hope, we lose the potential for action. And action is what propels change and fulfillment of hope.

I find that hope in Christ provides me with the faith that there is a plan for me and for my life, as well as a plan for this world. This hope, which on occasion is rocky for us all, can be stabilized by faith in the plan of salvation offered by Christ, providing me with the energy to act.

Hope will never be found “on the rocks!” Rather, hope can be found in the rock of salvation found in the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.

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