Hope means believing there is light when all around you is dark, and when the darkness is so thick that you can't even see the hand in front of your face. Hope means believing that what will be is so full of good when what is is dismal and depressing. Hope means holding the tension between the reality of the present and the eager expectation of what awaits in the future. It means we do it even when it seems like we don't have a good reason.
But we do have a good reason. There is always hope.
21 December 2009
On the winter solstice, we experience more minutes of darkness than on any other day of the year. But after that, the days get longer, degree by degree. After that, the door slowly creaks open and gives way to the light of spring. Barren branches bud with green new life. The sun shines on our faces more, and we are warmed.
No matter how cold and dark it gets, spring always comes. No matter how long the night is, the daylight always appears. And sometimes you are reminded even on the darkest, coldest day that something new awaits: life and wings and flight and light and hope.
Because there is always hope.
Blessings and peace to you this Christmas season.
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