The way to love someone
is to lightly run your finger over that person's soul
until you find a crack,
and then gently pour your love into that crack.
~Keith Miller

Thursday, March 5, 2015

still "on" hope ...

Hope is a state of mind, not of the world. 
Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, 
is not the same as joy that things are going well, 
or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously heading for success, 
but rather an ability to work for something because it is good. 
~ Vaclav Havel

How disappointment tracks the steps of hope. 
~LEL (Letitia Elizabeth Landon)

Jeffrey Ewig
H is suggesting I read about instances of restoration ... and maybe more specifically about hope.  I didn't realize, until we chatted yesterday, that I am still working on "hope".

I think I grasp the idea of "hope of our salvation".  As I examine my ... self ... I can see that I still feel the God is, must be, busy elsewhere.  And ... I am okay with/accept that as  "truth" when in fact, my head believes that is a partial truth.  Not less true, only way too small a view for what the Bible says about God.  The Bible indicates that God is "big" enough to be present in each life which chooses communion/community with Him.
I am reading in Romans 8 ... all of it, but starting around v 18 ... then this:
 ...24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. ...
Future Glory  (around there)

I'm not trying to aggrandize "my pain" elevating it to being about eternal salvation, not at all.  I'm just trying to get a handle on stuff in my own little day to day life.  I think this time that we call "life" is an opportunity to make choices which shape, also inform, us (collectively and individually) about the thing that God call "life".  My eyes cannot see the big picture ... I am limited to a tiny view, barely bigger then a moment.  How I filter or process my experiences isn't as reliable as one would hope (there's that word again).  

I'm out of time for this writing out stuff ... I like the idea of working towards what seems to be "good" and pursuing that work independent of expectation. 
last week after visiting with Two+
thanks for the big-knitty cap and scarf)

cutting out cord for the new project


Anonymous said...

I'm trying to return to hope.

"to love life, to love it even
when you have no stomach for it
and everything you've held dear
crumbles like burnt paper in your hands,
your throat filled with the silt of it.
When grief sits with you, its tropical heat
thickening the air, heavy as water
more fit for gills than lungs;
when grief weights you like your own flesh
only more of it, an obesity of grief,
you think, How can a body withstand this?
Then you hold life like a face
between your palms, a plain face,
no charming smile, no violet eyes,
and you say, yes, I will take you
I will love you, again.”
― Ellen Bass
Enjoy your site!
Thanks, Tom

DeAnn said...

There's a part of every living thing that wants to become itself: the tadpole into the frog, the chrysalis into the butterfly, a damaged human being into a whole one.That is spirituality.~ Ellen Bass

I didn't know of Ms. Bass. Thank you for the introduction.

I wish you well on your journey Tom.

DeAnn said...

Romans 15:13 (NIV)
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.