Luk 15:2 …But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.
Faith is the backbone that keeps hope alive. This is to have hope for something that has not materialized yet. When you hope for something, you just can’t stop thinking and talking about it; watching for it, and even waiting for it.
In Luke 15, Jesus tells the parable of a father who had two sons. This is famously parable referred to as “The parable of the prodigal son.” In the parable, the younger son took his inheritance and went to a far country where he wasted it on a riotous living. When he finally came to his senses after spending everything, he decided to go back home. While he was gone, his father had been hoping, praying, waiting, and watching for him to come home. His father didn’t just see him passing by; he had been hoping that one day he would return home. Hope had been keeping him alive, and for that reason, he was never plagued with depression and fear. Hope will make you embrace promises and desires even when they seem so distant. When the things you are hoping for finally appear, you will run to receive and embrace them.