Journey to hope

The path of hope is often long and rarely straight. Hope emerges from the darkest moments of grief and loss with unexpected twists and turns while urging us toward the light.

How do you move toward hope?

Shimmering

Perhaps it takes

a lifetime

to open our eyes,

to learn to see

what has forever

shimmered in front of us —

Jan Richardson, Where the Light Begins

What shimmers before you?

The hill we climb

When day comes we ask ourselves,

where can we find light in this never-ending shade?

We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace

And the norms and notions

of what just is

Isn’t always just-ice

When day comes we step out of the shade

aflame and unafraid

The new day blooms as we free it

For there is always light

if only we’re brave enough to see it,

if only we’re brave enough to be it.

~ Amanda Gorman, excerpts from Inauguration Poem 2021

Are you brave enough?

Fireflies

The light of fireflies grows and glows underground for 300 days before emerging transformed into the summer night. Rising on its wings, its light, long hidden, released to dance under midnight stars.

What light nurtured within you is ready to illumine the night?

Enough light

“How will next year be for me? Where will I be five or ten years from now?” There are no answers to these questions. Mostly we have just enough light to see the next step: what we have to do in the coming hour or the following day. The art of living is to enjoy what we can see and not complain about what remains in the dark. When we are able to take the next step with the trust that we will have enough light for the step that follows, we can walk through life with joy and be surprised at how far we go. Let’s rejoice in the little light we carry and not ask for the great beam that would take all shadows away.” Henri Nouwen

How much light is enough this New Year?