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Hope – A Reflection

April 27, 2020

And what is hope exactly? That dear reader is a question to ponder in this new reality that the COVID-19 Pandemic has presented to us. Today in this new reality Denise and I took a walk. It was a walk where we wore masks / face coverings. When I think about how difficult it is to breathe with these coverings I think of our front-line medical responders who are wearing masks for too many hours and too many days. All of a sudden my discomfort pales in comparison.

In these trying times I keep looking for signs of hope which the Spirit gives us. On our walk the hope was found in the songs of the birds and in the Elk we spent some time with.

In his book No Man Is an Island, Thomas Merton had the following to say about hope: We are not perfectly free until we live in pure hope. For when our hope is pure, it no longer trusts exclusively in human and visible means, nor rests in any visible end. [The one] who hopes in God trusts God, Whom [he/she] never sees, to bring [him/her] to the possession of things that are beyond imagination. (p.14)

My hope and my prayer for this world and for each of you dear reader is that we will always be able to find that hope surrounding us. And in that hope, may the words of Julian of Norwich hold fast in our hearts and in our lives: All shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.

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