I looked up “hope” in the Webster’s 1828 dictionary tonight.
Here is one entry:
1. A desire of some good, accompanied with at least a slight expectation of obtaining it, or a belief that it is obtainable. Hope differs from wish and desire in this, that it implies some expectation of obtaining the good desired, or the possibility of possessing it. Hope therefore always gives pleasure or joy; whereas wish and desire may produce or be accompanied with pain and anxiety.
I must admit, I have never thought of hope, a wish or a desire in this way.
Hope gives joy.
As I pray, I am hopeful.
Trusting that God hears my heart in prayer, there is hope for the answer.
What are you hoping for today?