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Hope in the Wilderness – Christine Valters Paintner

May 22, 2020

“In the Hebrew Scriptures the promise of God’s abundance is often conceived of as blossoming in the desert. In that harsh landscape, a flower bursting forth from the dry land is a symbol of divine generosity, fruitfulness, and hope. Hope is a stance of radical openness to the God of newness and possibility. When we hope, we acknowledge that God has an imagination far more expansive than ours.”

Christine Valters Paintner, PhD Sacred Seasons: A Yearlong Journey through the Celtic Wheel of the Year – A Self-Study Online Retreat

In what way is hope as “radical openness to God” worlds apart from anticipatory hope? How can living from a stance of acknowledging God’s infinite imagination free us from the shackles of our own limited projections into the future?

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