As a new year approaches, I linger over memories of the past two years. Good and bad and ugly.
Isolation, fear, rage.
I am torn between the toxic positivity of some writers and the loathsome depression and anxiety, the futility of others.
It’s been hard for some of us. Hard to stay and feel safe. Hard to make decisions. Hard to weigh risks. Hard to hope.
I don’t have any trite resolutions to offer this new year.
I have some changes I need and want to make in myself, in my family, in my home. I want systemic changes in our society, government, schools.
Hope Smiles from the threshold of the year to come, Whispering 'it will be happier'... ~The Foresters by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
I long for God’s kingdom come, here and now. Bring it. May we welcome Him with open arms. May we do the work.
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, Animal Dreams
What is hope?
Hope is reconciliation.
Hope is freedom and liberty.
Hope is equality and equity.
Hope is justice.
Hope is having faith in something unseen. It might never come to fruition.
Yet, still I hope.
Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul And sings the tune without the words And never stops at all. ~Emily Dickinson
Hope is gratitude.
Hope is loving even the most unlovable.
Hope is sometimes being the stoic one.
Hope is being the strong one.
Hope is showing vulnerability.
Hope is crying with the sorrowful and smiling with the joyful.
Hope is laying down my pride.
Hope is a hug or a handshake.
Hope is holding hands in silence.
Hope is sometimes not desiring touch.
Hope is a wish on a dandelion fluff.
Hope is another birthday candle.
Hope is having no debts.
Hope is an Amazon wishlist.
Hope can be silence.
Hope can be whispering fuck but then carrying on.
Hope is selfcare.
Hope is forgiving yourself.
Hope is setting goals.
Hope is dreaming of a better way.
Hope is teaching.
Hope is starting another book.
Hope is a child’s smile.
Hope is contagious laughter.
Hope is courtesy.
Hope can be sacrifice…or indulgence.
Hope is trying something new.
Hope is adopting a puppy or kitten.
Hope is courage.
Hope is asking for help.
Hope is offering the help that is wanted or needed. Despite what I think they should do.
Hope is nodding along in compassion for feelings I haven’t experienced.
Hope is a doctor’s visit. Good or bad news.
We must learn to sit in hope even when we don’t know how. Accept not knowing.
Hope offers choices.
How do I continue to hope in crisis?
How do we hope when it seems hopeless?
How can we say we still hope when we cry out in the silent darkness?
Hope can exist alongside rage, fear, desolation.
Hope keeps us awake at night. Sometimes it’s even called anxiety.
Hope gets us up in the morning.
Hope helps us to put dinner on the table each and every night.
Hope says be careful.
Hope is that text, “Did you get there all right?”
Hope is the kiss goodnight even if you’re mad at each other.
Hope is forgiveness.
Hope is remembering.
Hope is the action-anger to make it better.
Hope is radical excessive reckless love.
Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
May you never give up on hope.
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.Isaiah 40:28-31
What does hope look like to you?
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Theresa Boedeker says
This list is a great way to describe hope. It is so hard to pin down. And it means different things to different people, and different things to the same person.
Lisa Blair says
Hope is a Person. And hope manifests in many different ways as you have described here, Jennifer.
Note Me Happy says
Sometimes it feels like hope is all we have, but as long as we do we are winning #WedsBlogShare
Hope is something residents in state of Kentucky need to hold on too. Hundreds have lost all they owned. Many have lost loved ones. Some are still searching for family members. Yet, there is hope. As long as God sits on the throne, there is hope.
~ linda says
Such a list…hope is so much. This list is wrapped up in Jesus, my Christ. I am so grateful for Him Who came to save us from so much. There is reason for fear and anguish and concern. There is reason to live life in Him and Him Alone.
Amy Jung says
Your post has caused me to ponder hope deeply! It reminds me that my greatest and only lasting hope is in Christ and that hope produces activity on my part. I am responsible to act on or respond to the hope I have in all kinds of ways as you show in your lovely list. As I consider your list, I’m thinking we can and should be responsible to kindle the fires of hope for ourselves and others. May we do this not just at Christmas!
Create With Joy says
Thanks for inspiring us at Create With Joy, Jennifer.
Merry Christmas to you.
May your new year be filled with love, joy, blessings and the gift of hope! :-)
Thank you so much, Jennifer. I love to read this.
Lisa notes says
I love all the different ways you frame hope here! Hope can obviously be a lot more things than we realize at first glance. It’s definitely something I need to grasp hold of more often and not let go. Hope you have a Merry Christmas, Jennifer!
Donna @ Modern on Monticello says
There were so many lines in this post that I touched me and I had to write them down. Thanks for sharing you hope. #HomeMattersParty Happy New Year!
Donna @ Modern on Monticello says
Sorry for the typo but you probably understand what I meant. Loved the post.
When I place my hope in God and the mighty work done on the cross I can’t go wrong!
Thanks for sharing this at the FWF party, Jennifer.
I’m looking forward to another year of inspiration when the party starts its new year on Friday, January 7th.
Ryan K Biddulph says
Fabulous job with this post Jennifer. I learn more each day that putting my pride aside not only kindles hope, but also improves the quality of my life and lives I touch.
Did you get the vaccination? This has everything to do with hope, so… inquiring minds…