"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."
Saint Paul's Epistle to the Romans, Chapter 15, Verse 13
New Revised Standard Version
This is a particularly beautiful benediction from the canonical Scriptures. In fact, once again Father Sergio has influenced me by sharing this online. The internet's a truly wonderful tool when put to good ends.
There are so many other beautiful benedictions throughout the Epistles. The Epistle to the Romans ends with another beautiful one!
We can also understand the meaning from differing angles- this Benediction can be used as a standalone, for it ignites hope and reminds us that the Divine is the source of joy and peace, and we're offered the blessing and power of the Holy Spirit.
We can understand it contextually, for the people to whom Saint Paul was writing, and their plight and the need for unity among them.
There's also something mystical going on here (but of course I would say that), though I can't entire place my finger on it. Perhaps this has to do with the Benediction working to unite aspects of the fragmented self.
In any case, some verses from the Scriptures read like pure poetry.
Now, we have to keep in mind that the original Greek may have taken on a warped meaning in English. This happens frequently; the tone and mood are lost, and we're left with a lofty-sounding phrase that wouldn't have been so lofty originally. Please keep that in mind.
Still, that doesn't mean we can't derive joy from our current experience; God is ever-unfolding, ever-generating.