Unfailing Hope

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1st PLACE IN ENSPIREME: PASSION PROJECT’S SHORT STORY CONTEST (2020)

 

Unfailing Hope 

Hope is a controversial thing. Ask any Darwinian scientist what it is and they’ll tell 

you that it’s delsional, and it helps us cope when things go south. The hope that things will get 

better when we don’t have proof that they will. David used to believe the same thing, but of 

course, I probably should explain who David is, and how he learned about hope. 

Life was relatively normal for David. He was a sophomore at your everyday, 

run-of-the-mill public school, got decent grades, and enjoyed playing baseball. His family 

was Christian and he closed his eyes when he prayed, and went to Sabbath School, but he 

never really had that relationship with God. He knew he existed and he believed that Jesus 

died on the cross, but it never really meant anything. He lived his life going through the 

motions. Maybe the fact that his dad died when he was young made it hard to have a 

relationship with a Heavenly Father. He never had that father figure in life to show him the 

unconditional love of God. David still had his mom, and a stepfather who joined the scene 

later in his life and who he never really liked. David constantly thought about his dad, and 

how he wished that he was still alive. 

But enough about how he used to be. Let’s talk about the day when everything 

changed. Just another day at school, in biology class when the secretary knocked on the door. 

“Could I speak to David for a second?” She asked. 

David reluctantly got up. “Really? This had better be important.” He was thinking to 

himself. 

“David,” she sadly said, “Your mom was admitted to the hospital today.” She paused 

for a second before continuing. “She passed out earlier today and they discovered a deadly 

brain tumor. They will try to remove it, but she has a very low chance of survival.” 

David’s face didn’t change. How could it? How does one process such information? 

He didn’t know what to think. He couldn’t. All he could do is just stand there, petrified by 

shock and confusion. 

“I’m very sorry David.” she said. “Your stepdad is waiting for you in the car.” 

His mind was racing with emotions. Anger, grief, resent, envy, and worry just to 

name a few. But the main one was hopelessness. What could he do now? The only other 

person he truly loved in life that was still alive could be snatched from him any moment by 

death. He had already lost one parent. What if God took away another one? 

David walked to the car, saw his stepdad, and began to feel angry at him. He knew it 

wasn’t his stepdad’s fault but he didn’t care. He held an unreasonable grudge. 

David got in the car, and slammed the door behind him. 

“Look son…” his step dad began, but he couldn’t get any further 

“Don’t call me son! You’re not my dad!” David interrupted. He’d finally snapped. He 

was fed up. He just wanted to crawl in a hole and never come out. His life was falling apart 

all around him. Why did God have to take away the people that he loved. 

His stepdad sighed. “Look I know she has a low chance of surviving the surgery, and 

we just have to hope…” he said before getting cut off again. 

“Why are we even hoping? She’s probably going to die anyways, just like my dad 

did!” He yelled. “Why should I hope for the best outcome? Just to be disappointed even 

more? I’ll have no one left! My world will be hollow. It’ll be empty.” 

“Look,” his stepdad said, “if you don’t listen to anything else I say ever again, listen 

to this. Do you know what else is empty? The tomb. And because of that, we have reason to 

hope,” his stepdad continued. “Jesus died so that we could all have everlasting life one day. 

And I know that things look like they couldn’t possibly get better, and you might think that 

they never will, but Jesus rose from the dead. He conquered death so that we could live with 

him forever, without death or pain. And the trials of the world will come, but we can have 

hope in Jesus. He’ll never abandon his children.” 

Although David was still feeling a rush of emotions, those words spoke to him. They 

didn’t instantly change the situation, and he was still angry and worried, but he had this small 

hope inside him. He decided that he would pray. 

“God,” he thought to himself, “honestly, I’m still angry at you, and I’m still worried 

for her, but please spare her life. I know that you can, and I hope that you will, but I need her. 

I can’t lose her right now. Amen.” 

The car was silent throughout the drive to the hospital. David sat in the waiting room, 

both dreading and hoping for the moment that the news would come. Whether his mom lived 

or died. Even though there was no logical reason to, he still hoped. He still had faith in Jesus. 

Finally the doctor entered the room. David silently awaited the news. 

“I don’t know how to say this.” the doctor said. “Not only did we remove the tumor 

without any issues, the results from the biopsy show that the cancer left the entire body. In 

other words, she’s as healthy as she was before all of this.” 

David was in shock, but a different kind of shock this time. He shot a quick prayer of 

thanks to God. 

“She’s still resting, but you can go see her.” the doctor said. 

David rushed to her room, but stopped midway and turned around. His stepdad was 

still standing there. 

“C’mon, let’s go see her dad.” David said, 

His stepdad smiled and said. “After you of course.” 

Ever since then, David has been a man of hope. He knew that God would make sure 

everything went according to his will, even if it didn’t always match up with David’s. His 

relationship with his stepdad continued to grow, and he realized that his stepdad always 

looked out for him even though he didn’t notice before. But the most important thing that 

David learned was the value of hope. 

All of us will learn the value of hope some way or another. We’ll all understand that 

we can hope in Jesus when all else fails. And when the world seems to be falling apart with 

no end in sight, we can still have that hope in God, and know that he’ll always take care of us no matter what.

 

 

By: Robert Kosmari

 

 


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