I wonder, is hope a choice? Or is it a possession? I'm thinking of that passage in Hebrews 6:19 "This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil," Hope, wow, the thing that keeps us clinging to God. It sounds to me like it is something we have in our hands. It sounds pretty powerful in that hope is the anchor that keeps us held fast in His presence! Hope, the thing that is left in our hands after everything else is gone. Hope, the blade of grass that peeks up out of the ground after the fires are over.
Perhaps hope is a choice. Perhaps it is a gift that must be received. I know that with hope there is a sense of future and without it, here are only the ashes left behind.