Another year is about to be tucked away and looking back reminds us of the swiftness with which the clock ticks.

Before 2017 ends, we have Christmas, which above all sends a message of hope, of a final ending that will be blessed.

For years The Missourian has asked members of the clergy to submit Christmas messages, which are published in the last issue before Dec. 25. In those messages, in one religious way or another, hope is expressed. Without hope we have nothing.

Often words of wisdom come from the mouths of men and women who never were considered completely successful in their lives. Take President Herbert Hoover. He is not considered one of our great presidents. Some call him the father of the Great Depression, but surely there were many other factors that led to the Depression. It was President Franklin D. Roosevelt who uttered constantly words of hope during the Depression years. One phrase he expressed that has sticking points: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

President Harry Truman called on Hoover to head up special projects such as the reconstruction of Europe after World War II. These words of wisdom from Hoover:

“My country owes me nothing. It gave me, as it gives every boy and girl, a chance. It gave me schooling, independence of action, opportunity for service and honor. In no other land could a boy from a country village, without inheritance or influential friends, look forward with unbounded hope.”

"Unbounded hope” — powerful words.

“In all things it is better to hope than to dispair” — Johann Wolfgang Goethe (1749-1832), poet, novelist, playwright, natural philosopher, diplomat, civil servant. A profound statement!

A point in time is not lasting. Hope can be.

Merry Christmas!

If what one hoped for in 2017 didn’t happen, there always is 2018. Optimism is constructed of hope.

Abandonment of hope, the ship of life sinks!