My vocabulary has always been pretty good; reading for hours every day will do that for you, as will having smart parents :)

The course of this past year, however, has taught me something I "didn't know that I didn't know"--the actual meanings of some of those words. Reality. Perseverance. Temptation. Difficulty. Even the simple, four-letter word hard.

None of those words particularly thrills me. There's a gladness in knowing that I've come through something "hard," like it's an initiation into humanity. There's not a whole lot of excitement about going through any further difficulty, at least not anytime soon. I've often thought about words like these over the past months, though, and what they really mean to me now as opposed to what they meant in the past.

For the first time, I wondered today if there are some other words I have yet to understand more fully; words like joy, peace, rest; concepts like the replacing of belief with knowledge and faith with experience.

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the promise of things unseen." --Hebrews 11:1

There, my friends, is a reason for hope.

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