Saint Nectarios of Aegina
People who hope in God are truly blessed. God is always a help to them and they have no fear of anything that other people might do to them. They hope in God and do what’s right. They have placed all their hope in Him, and they confess Him with all their heart…
Those who hope in the Lord walk calmly through the struggle of life and pass along its way untroubled by worldly cares. They work without ceasing to do good, whatever is pleasing and perfect, and their works are blessed by God. They sow with a blessing and receive the fruit of their labours abundantly. They have boldness before the Lord and are not thrown off course by the temptations that surround them. In the trials of life they do not give up, but hope, because where things appear to be impossible, God indicates a way out. Through faith they also await the hope of righteousness.
Those who hope in the Lord do not hope in money, nor in the extent of their power, but are content with the assistance that God provides for them.
Those who hope in the Lord are full of faith and love towards God, they live with courage in their good conscience, they make their appearance with boldness before their heavenly Father and call upon Him to come to earth in His kingdom and for His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Those who hope in the Lord are entirely devoted to Him and raise their hearts to our good and immortal God. They ask of Him the supreme good and immortality in the Kingdom of Heaven, and God listens to them.
Blessed are people who hope in the Lord!
Saint Nektarios, Το γνώθι σαυτόν [To know yourself], Athos publications, pp.101-4.
My hope is the Father, my refuge is the Son, my protection is the Holy Spirit: O Holy Trinity, glory to Thee.
All my hope I place in thee, O Mother of God: keep me under thy protection.