Monday, November 29, 2021

How do we maintain hope in the times of pandemic and new variants?  How do we create hope not just for ourselves but others?  There are ways to create hope through those seemingly mundane Christmas catalogs we receive.  I don’t mean the ones with glitter and useless stuff, but the ones that come from organizations like Heifer and Save the Children.


I’ve been mulling over which seems best for the granddaughter in medical school or the one just starting nursing school.  Is It stocking a medical clinic or basic pediatric are?  Do others see how such gifts not just maintain hope but actually create hope?


Creating hope is the first and perhaps the most basic message of Advent.  Without hope how can we have joy or, some would say, even love?  Our faith tells us that love and joy are intertwined with hope, but it seems that hope is the ground of it all.  As we begin our Advent journey, let us find ways to create hope, not just for ourselves but for others.


Prayer for the Day


Repeating the words of the ancient Psalmist, we say,

   My hope is in you, O God, more than in gold or silver;

Trying to have hope in this time of illness and crisis,

   The Psalmist’s words give us a measure of peace.

We cry to you, O God, looking for hope in this desperate world,

   Wanting to make our desire for hope more than a wish.

In the name of the One who helps us create hope,

   Even Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.


Thoughts for the Day


You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us. And the world will live as one.  

            John Lennon, musician and poet, from his song “Imagine” (1940-1980)


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, American writer, from Animal Dreams


Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped;

    Then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongues of the speechless sing for joy.

For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert;

   The burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty grounds springs of water

The haunt of jackals shall become a swamp, and the grass become reeds and rushes.

            Isaiah 35: 5-7