We just got back from visiting our grandsons. The oldest was in a fourth and fifth grade production of the musical “Annie”.  He played Daddy Warbucks.  The whole school did a wonderful job and he did too.  Now I’ve got “It’s a Hard Knock Life”  “Easy Street” and especially “The Sun will come out tomorrow” running thorugh my head.    Annie sings it and then Daddy Warbucks too..  Annie is an optimistic girl who believes her parents will come back to the orphanage where they left her 11 years before..  That hope is dashed, but her dream comes true for a family as Daddy Warbucks prepares to adopt her. It’s a neat story with cute kids and a dog and a happy ending.  Who could ask for anything more.

Is there a difference between optimism and hope?  Somehow hope seems deeper and more needed.  There are days in which I am pessimisstic about a particular outcome, but I continue to hope.  Optimism, especially sunny optimism can be only surface deep, while hope goes to the heart.  Hope outlasts optimism.

This is the season of hope.  Spring returns hope as the earth returns to life.  Even more in this Easter season hope is as deep as a grave and and as wide as the promises of God. In the face of all life”s struggles and endings, we live with hope.

On April 30 I (Dave) was baptized at Strand Lutheran Church, Dunbar, Iowa.  That event is a source of hope.  My parents, sponsors and a congregation were there and saw it happen.  Here God gave a visible sign of the invisible reality of God’s love for me throughout my life and even through my death.  My hope is founded on those God promises and on the God who makes them.  No better hope than that.


  1. Lynette Ender Says:

    Sounds like the Bersagel voice has moved into the next generation. What fun to share with Jonathon. Thank you for reminding us of the gift of hope this spring.

  2. Bonnie Ender Says:

    Just checked out the pictures of your grandchildren in Colorado – had not done that for a whie – they are beautiful! I’m sure you are enjoying every visit and being Grandpa to all of them. I’m coping with Leif being a senior next year, and then all my grandkids will be off to places unknown right now. The 2 in Texas – one at Texas Tech majoring in engineering, and Erin will be going to Texas A & M. Went to her HS graduation in June. Time is flying way too fast for me. Hope you and Mary Jo are enjoying your “free” time – if there is such a thing! God’s blessings, Bonnie

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