the psalm of hope

I think we all befriend Hope as children when our hearts and spirits naively but unconditionally anticipate the light, even in trying times.  Yet, as we grow older, our experiences introduce us to Disbelief, Darkness, and Doubt, and we struggle in our relationship with Hope.

This past year, my friendship with Hope has evolved, not only through intentional spiritual formation but also by way of life lessons.  It has not been easy, but then again, if it were, would Hope and I continue to grow together?

Anne Lamott says this of Hope:

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.

May we continue to seek solace in our friendship with Hope and may we anticipate love and light with childlike abandon, never giving up.

The Psalm of Hope

Our Healer, our Hope

We greet you in the morning with fresh faces turned toward the sun

You warm our skin and our hearts with your light

You envelop us in your tender love

A new day is dawning and we are strengthened in spirit

Our souls are grateful for the renewal another sunrise brings

We anticipate what is to come with trust in you

Even when the night seems longer than we can bear

Even when Doubt and Darkness block your light

And cover us in the shadows of pain, sadness or loss

You remind us with each rising sun

with each hatching egg

with each blossoming bulb

that you are our Hope

and for you we will wait and watch and work

and never give up.

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