In the Christian faith tradition, we have begun to celebrate Advent. The word “advent” means “the arrival” or “coming into view,” and for us, it is the arrival of a small baby, the Son of God. During this season, we lift up four four facets of the way Jesus lived out his life, with hope, peace, joy, and love. Because these feelings have also become the cornerstones of other faith and secular traditions, I’ll be meditating up on them the next four weeks through quotes, art and photography, essays, mediation cards, and prayer.
Hope–Week One of Advent
Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up. ~Anne Lamott
God puts rainbows in the clouds so that each of us – in the dreariest and most dreaded moments – can see a possibility of hope. ~Maya Angelou
Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence. ~Lin Yutang
The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof. ~Barbara Kingsolver
Hope holds with it the promise that God always answers our questions by showing up, not necessarily with what we ask for but with remarkable gifts that change our lives and the world. ~Mary Lou Redding