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Hope | October 2019.

from this morning’s walk with Lauren … on the same path as the one I shared six months ago

The most meaningful part of my Hope journey this past month has been the series of sermons our pastors have preached on Hope. I’m honestly not sure they intended to have a Series, but I’ve seen it that way.

On October 6, the lectionary passage was Lamentations 3:24 ” ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him’.” Apparently, this is the only passage of hope in that whole book. That Sunday was World Communion Sunday and the message closed with these hopeful words:

Every time we gather to worship, every time we come to the table together, we are claiming and proclaiming hope. We are acknowledging the openness of the world, we’re confessing our own sinfulness, and we’re still showing up. We’re choosing hope, community, unity with Christ and with each other. It’s not just that we’re invited and welcomed at the table. It’s that we come to it and are then sent out, fed and nourished, inspired and equipped to go and live out hope in the world. That we realize that the grace we taste here and the hope it embodies are good. That we need more of it in our lives, the world needs more of it, and there is an abundance of it at this table.

The next Sunday’s message was about endurance. Then we had “Hope Springs Eternal”. We heard that line (and a few more) from Pope’s An Essay on Man along with Isaiah 43:18-19a “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold I am doing a new thing; now it springs both, do you not perceive it?”

And then this past Sunday we remembered all those who had passed away this year. We lit candles and we cried. And we gave thanks for the gift of those lives, whose memories live among us still.

Hope is about showing up for each other and being in community together. It’s an attitude of endurance, renewal, abundance, gratitude, and confidence.

I am grateful to be joining in with Juliann and all of you to share about this journey. Thank you, friends!

9 Comments

  • Juliann

    I love that idea – choosing hope. I have been thinking about this a lot lately. We are so privileged to be able to choose and I want to pay attention to that – choosing hope. Thank you

  • Sarah

    “Hope is about showing up for each other and being in community together. It’s an attitude of endurance, renewal, abundance, gratitude, and confidence.”

    I couldn’t agree with this more! I think the best way we can show hope is how we act toward others — showing that we have hope for humanity in how we treat strangers and neighbors alike. I saw it last weekend, when our community came together to commemorate a tragedy with acts of loving kindness. It made my heart grow several sizes.

  • Bonny

    I do like your take on hope as an attitude of endurance, renewal, and gratitude. It’s so easy to abandon hope in the face of difficulty, so choosing that attitude is important.

  • Kat

    This is really lovely, Mary. I love when things are all tied together like this and I love your thoughts on choosing hope. I have always felt like hope was a spark inside of us, but these thoughts on an “attitude of endurance, renewal, and gratitude” are really making me think – in a very good way! Thank you for sharing a bit of Hope with me today!

  • Honore´

    I am including this : “Hope is about showing up for each other and being in community together. It’s an attitude of endurance, renewal, abundance, gratitude, and confidence.” in my journal.
    Thank you for reminding us and sharing “hope,” with every word you wrote on this post and over the years.
    Merci~

  • karen

    Your reflections are hopeful. There is a new to me podcast called ‘welcome to the neighborhood a mister rogers tribute podcast’ that I have been plowing through.

    There is hope, joy, peace, love oozing out of each podcast with mister roger’s words 🙂

  • Jane

    What a lovely post and photograph. Having ideas come together in new ways is hopeful – a sure sign of our connectedness. I also like the statement of hope as “showing up for each other . . . ” A week or so ago our minister began a sermon with the sentence, ” We are in good hands and in gratitude for that fact we do well to bear one another’s burdens.” This seems like another way of showing up for each other.