Category Archives: Hope Changes Everything

I Come From . . .

I was searching for a free-writing exercise topic to use with my writing group when I ran across this “starter” phrase in Writing Alone and with Others, by Pat Schneider:  “I come from . . .” Usually I hear moans … Continue reading

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The Source of all Hope – Guest Blog by Joy Zomer

As a teacher, I have the privilege of sharing the lives of my students. As a high school teacher, I am given the gift of witnessing the growth of teenagers into young adults. And best of all, as a high … Continue reading

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Suffering Breaks our Hearts

We are surrounded by news of suffering and violence. (If we are surrounded only by the news and not by the actual suffering and violence, we should be down on our knees in gratitude.)  The pain everywhere seems to be … Continue reading

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Easter Thoughts

An empty tomb. Forgotten burial cloths. A rolled-away stone. Angel messengers.  A sobbing woman. A “gardener” who calls her by name and changes her sobbing to joy. This is the Easter story.  A resurrection story.  Every year we read and … Continue reading

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Rewiring our Inputs

The following quote from Seth Godin’s blog reminds us that we do have control over how we view our lives.  “Rewiring our inputs” is the same as choosing hope, I suspect. “When things get a little better every day, we … Continue reading

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“The Opposite of Poverty is Justice” – Part 2

I’m reading Bryan Stevenson’s book Just Mercy, A Story of Justice and Redemption.  It is both brutally honest and extraordinarily encouraging.  As  Desmond Tuto says, “Bryan Stevenson is America’s young Nelson Mandela, a brilliant lawyer fighting with courage and conviction … Continue reading

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Hope has the Last Word

On April 4, 1967, Martin Luther King delivered his first public antiwar speech, “Beyond Vietnam,” at New York’s Riverside Church. As I read the speech this morning, it was painfully obvious that Dr. King’s words are appropriate to the world … Continue reading

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God is Awake!

How do we maintain hope in the midst of ordinary or extraordinary lives of pain and suffering?  I’d like to suggest that hope is created because we live through pain and suffering.  If life were to run smoothly and easily … Continue reading

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