Tag: hope

A PICTURE AND A POEM: HOPE

There‚Äôs a glow behind the foothills – a new day is about to dawn,but down here in the valleywe will keep our porch lights on. For even as we sense the hopeof an ending to the nightwe are essential keepersand bearers of the light.… Continue Reading “A PICTURE AND A POEM: HOPE”

ADVENT HOPE: FROM FEARING TO FINDING

HOPE MAKES THE DIFFERENCE IN OUR OUTLOOKFriday, December 2nd Fear: to be afraid of; expect with alarm; to have a reverential awe ofFind: to come upon often accidentally, encounter; to come upon by searching or effort; to attain, reach; to discover by the intellect… Continue Reading “ADVENT HOPE: FROM FEARING TO FINDING”

ADVENT HOPE: FROM MOURNING TO MORNING

HOPE MAKES THE DIFFERENCE IN OUR GRIEFThursday, December 1st Mourning: the act of sorrowing Morning: dawn; the time from sunrise to noon; a period of first development; beginning This year, several of our friends will be spending their first holidays without a loved one.… Continue Reading “ADVENT HOPE: FROM MOURNING TO MORNING”

ADVENT HOPE: FROM DREADING TO DREAMING

HOPE MAKES THE DIFFERENCE IN OUR ANTICIPATIONTuesday, November 29th Dread: to fear greatly, to feel extreme reluctance to meet or face Dream: to have a dream of (a desired goal or purpose); to consider a possibility, imagine During my time with cancer, each additional… Continue Reading “ADVENT HOPE: FROM DREADING TO DREAMING”

ADVENT HOPE: FROM LANGUISHING TO LINGERING

HOPE MAKES THE DIFFERENCE IN OUR WAITINGMonday, November 28th Languishing: to be or live in a state of depression or decreasing vitality; to become dispirited Lingering: to be slow in parting or quitting something; to move slowly Advent can be a festive season of… Continue Reading “ADVENT HOPE: FROM LANGUISHING TO LINGERING”

HOPE MAKES THE DIFFERENCE

WHAT IS HOPE? Sunday, November 27th(This is the first meditation of Advent: The Difference Between…Each day this week, we will be focusing on the difference Hope makes in our lives.) If you have an Advent wreath, you may wish to light the first candle… Continue Reading “HOPE MAKES THE DIFFERENCE”

AUTUMN REFLECTIONS: GREENINGS

GREENINGS Thank you for the greenings…for as leaves begin to fallthere is new life still appearingto inspire and to call. Thank you for the greenings…the invitations to believethat in every season of the yearnew life can be received. Thank you for the greenings…they promise… Continue Reading “AUTUMN REFLECTIONS: GREENINGS”

AUTUMN REFLECTIONS: GLIMPSES

GLIMPSES Thank you for the glimpses…autumn colors that I see,the early turning of the leavesstill clinging to the tree. Thank you for the glimpses…for the season brings to mindhow you make all things beautifulin your perfect pace and time. Thank you for the glimpses…while… Continue Reading “AUTUMN REFLECTIONS: GLIMPSES”

OF PIONEERS AND PURPOSES

(This is the last day of Sarah E. Westfall’s Instagram challenge, #liturgyofthesmallthings. Her invitation is to find reasons for hope in our everyday lives.) When I am hiking on wooded trails, I often imagine the pioneers who had to forge their own paths as… Continue Reading “OF PIONEERS AND PURPOSES”

FINDING CONTRASTS AND COMFORT

(This is the third post inspired by Sarah E. Westfall’s #liturgyofthelittlethings on Instagram. Sarah invites us to notice the smaller moments of hope in our everyday lives.) I could not help but notice the dramatic sky on my morning walk today! The contrast of… Continue Reading “FINDING CONTRASTS AND COMFORT”