Acts 28: 1: “And when they had been brought safely through, then we found out that the island was called Malta.” In spite of it all, against all odds, (insert your own platitude here), they were brought safely through. Even when, after landfall, Paul gets bitten by a poisonous viper, he “shakes off” the medical diagnosis. He has hope. And as a final enduring monument to hope, the name of the island, and the island itself, endures to this day, two millennia later. That, my friends, is hope.