Christian hope is not the same as the kind of everyday hope in which we are attached to an outcome. Christian hope is about keeping faith regardless of the outcome. It is also fundamental to what it means to observe the season of Advent.
I heard a preacher say recently that hope is a revolutionary patience; let me add that so is being a writer. Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don't give up.
-- Anne Lamott