The greatest speech I've ever heard about hope is called, "The Infinite Power of Hope", by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf. I am SO thankful that I heard it just two weeks ago when I was going through some very difficult things. I printed it up on my computer and have read it many times since. It is also in audio format if you want to listen to the speech. President Uchtdorf was speaking to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, so It has a Christian message.
1. Hope has the power to fill our lives with happiness.
3. We have the responsibility to make [hope] an active part of our lives and overcome the temptation to lose hope.
4. The adversary uses despair to bind hearts and minds in suffocating darkness. Despair drains from us all that is vibrant and joyful and leaves behind the empty remnants of what life was meant to be. Despair kills ambition, advances sickness, pollutes the soul and deadens the heart.
5. Hope, on the other hand, is the beam of sunlight rising up and above the horizon of our present circumstances. It pierces the darkness with a brilliant dawn. It encourages and inspires us to place our trust in the loving care of an eternal Heavenly Father.
7. There may be times when we must make a courageous decision to hope even when everything around us contradicts this hope . . . Or, as one writer expressed, "in the depth of winter, [we find] within [us] an invincible summer."