Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence. Keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who abuse you for your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if suffering should be God’s will, than to suffer for doing evil.
Hope is a precious gift which we must protect. We can nurture hope, even in an uncertain and confusing time, by sharing our hope with others and by worshipping in community. It’s difficult to maintain hope in isolation; we are strengthened when we join hands and minds and hearts to resist anything which might cause us to despair.