May 12

Reflection

Hope is a human act of commitment to and investment in the future. Hope is an act of human courage that refuses to cherish the present too much or be reduced to despair by present circumstance. Hope is the capacity to relinquish the present for the sake of what is imagined to be a reachable future…Hope in the end is a contradiction of the dominant version of reality…it is at the root of human well-being, for ourselves as for all our would-be neighbors.
 Walter Brueggemann

Prayer

All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well.
Julian of Norwich

Action

Try to turn your discouragement and impatience into some positive action. Do what you can to improve things. Be confident that you can help create the future.

Suggested Reading


For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?  But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
Romans 8:24-25

 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
Hebrews 10:23

 To Christians, the future does have a name, and its name is Hope. Feeling hopeful does not mean to be optimistically naïve and ignore the tragedy humanity is facing. Hope is the virtue of a heart that doesn’t lock itself into darkness, that doesn’t dwell on the past, does not simply get by in the present, but is able to see a tomorrow.
Pope Francis

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.
Dale Carnegie

May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.
Nelson Mandela

Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.
Christopher Reeve

You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.”
William Faulkner

The darkest hours are just before dawn.
English proverb

Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.
Laini Taylor

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 is based on relationships, on a collaborative connection with people as well as a higher power.
Louise Danielle Palmer

Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space. Invite one to stay.
Maya Angelou

 

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