"Beget" is one of my favorite words. It means to bring about, give rise to, create, kindle. Yesterday, I felt without hope. I had a heavy heart for silly and valid reasons, and by the time my small group came around, it took very little to set me off into a puddle of tears. It was one of those incredibly awkward cries, where I couldn't force or will the tears to stop falling, but I was still trying to feign normalcy, which was fairly futile because people everyone could see my red eyes and wet cheeks. When I finally broke down to my friend Taylor, she saw the place I was in. She felt it with me. But she didn't leave me there. She held up hope for me, a hope I couldn't muster for myself. Her hopefulness was what I needed in that moment-- for someone to have hope where I was lacking. And it's true: hope begets hope, when others are willing to hold up hope for those who cannot, that hope in itself spurs on more hope. Hope comes from the Lord, and we must be faithful to pay attention to when he wants us to hope for others, when they cannot yet hope. So if you are feeling without hope right now, this is me, holding it up for you. The Lord has a hope and a future plan for you who needs you to hold up hope for them today?