The frog is calling

Dusty cobblestones glow in the darkness
I walk out thinking the moon is illuminating them
but the sky is only pinkness
A city engulfed in its own smog and light
Red sky prophesies say this is the end of days
A lone frog singing says the days will last
Outside I am overcome
Inside I am too big for my own cage
Shining intensity at my own smog
It glows too brightly
to see the moon
or stars beyond
I wait for a shift
For things to end
Or for a miracle
that will come
and clean everything
Like the rain
the frog is calling

~ Caitlin Chero

Hope and fear

Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space. Invite one to stay.

~ Maya Angelou

Ever-circling Hope

Wild winter winds depart
in a final, dying howl.
Blackbird returns, a red-winged
oracle of spring,
announcing new life and renewed light,
shimmering with possibilities
of ever-circling Hope.

~ from “Red-Winged Blackbird” in POEMS OF OTHER WORLDS by Richard Bachtold

January 2012 (Vol. XXV, No. 1)

NEW YEAR’S GREETINGS, Dear Friends of Silence.  What is your deepest, most heartfelt hope for this year?  No doubt we all have many hopes and wishes as we usher in yet another new year.  It is traditional to make "New Year’s Resolutions" when the year changes, but what if we made a list focused on our hopes for the year instead of making resolutions?  What if we made only one resolution: to dwell in hope?  How might we (and the world!) change if we truly live in hope?  As we sit in silence daily, let’s reflect deeply on our hopes, for the world and for ourselves.  We may be surprised by how it affects our lives and those around us!

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Hope looks steadfastly

Faith is a gift that comes, the gift of assurance that the powers of light have conquered and will keep on defeating the darkness.  Hope is our own attitude of looking steadfastly toward that victory and trying to order our lives toward it.  Faith and hope are far easier attitudes to live with than despair and disillusionment . . . so I deliberately choose to hope.  Through hope and faith the inner journey has direction and a goal and meditation becomes a process of discovering the reality of Divine Love.

~ from THE OTHER SIDE OF SILENCE by Morton Kelsey

Hope is what sits by a window

Hope is what sits by a window and waits for one more dawn, despite the fact that there is not one ounce of proof in tonight's black, black sky that it can possibly come.

~ by Joan Chittister

How could we tire of hope?

We have only begun
to imagine the fullness of life.
How could we tire of hope?
So much is in the bud.

~ from CANDLES IN BABYLON by Denise Levertov

Pure hope

The hope that is left after all your hopes are gone -- that is pure hope, rooted in the heart.

~ from GRATEFULNESS: THE HEART OF PRAYER by Br. David Steindl-Rast, thanks to Liz Stewart

The hope that it is within our reach

We cannot avoid the question of integrity or wholeness to which all of us proceed. We cannot exclude anyone from the process of becoming fully human, neither a woman nor a man. Personal experience is essential. God gives us the ability to experience ourselves and to assume relationships. As we develop this, we learn to overcome the tensions and the difficulties in life; and those times when there is a lack of love, we are given hope. We experience hope. The great thing about all this is the hope and the realization that it is within our reach.

~ by Ludmilla Javorova

So simple a thing as hope

The gift we can offer others is so simple a thing as hope.

~ by Daniel Berrigan
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