8 Responses to Hope Is Patience with the Lamp Lit – Tertullian

  1. Anand says:

    That’s the lamp I’ve been carrying for the last ten years – the lamp of hope. I sometimes wonder how much oil is left in it…

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    • Tim Gatewood says:

      Are you familiar with the ancient Hebrew story celebrated today as Channukah? If my memory is corrected, it goes that there was a certain lamp that had to stay lit or the people would suffer some dire ill. They only had enough oil for one day, but it stayed lit, thanks to the Holy One, for seven days. This ancient miracle story is what came to mind when you asked about the oil in the lamp. If I had to guess, the oil in the lamp of hope is unending, and for the same reason as in this ancient story — the Holy One has made it so. Blessings upon you and your wife, friend Anand.

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      • Anand says:

        Thanks Tim. I hope it is unending, but sometimes the flame flickers and the light dims. On a non-serious and more characteristic note, someone’s poisoning wifey’s mind – and I’ve just finished my secret project. A lot has been going on…thanks again for the bit about the unending supply of oil in the lamp. I’ll remember it.

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  2. dray0308 says:

    I cited Tertullian along with Origen in my senior thesis in college.

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  3. Rajagopal says:

    Inspirational, Tim. What are the three distinguishing marks of, you know whom. What answers to faith, hope, and charity. Charity here is the same as love. According to apostle Paul, “Now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity”. Roman martyrology has it that these three, faith, hope and charity, are Sophia’s daughters. Sophia in turn signified wisdom. Practising these virtues leads the way to wisdom, in addition to glorifying life of the practitioner, and refining the environment around him..best wishes.

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  4. This reminded me of a quote I used in one of my manuscripts (still in the editing stage). Horace: A heart well prepared for adversity in bad times hopes…

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