WHEN TRAGEDY STRIKES, when trouble comes, when life disappoints us, we stand at the crossroads between hope and despair, torn and hurting.
Despair cements us in the present. Hope sends us dancing around dark corners trusting in a tomorrow we cannot see because of the multiple pasts of life which we cannot forget.
– Joan D. Chittister in Hope: It’s More Than Wishful Thinking
– Amy Lyles Wilson
Hope: It’s More Than Wishful Thinking
From “A New Understanding,” page 45 in Hope: It’s More Than Wishful Thinking . Compiled and edited by Amy Lyles Wilson. Copyright © 2010 by Fresh Air Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
When have you felt hope in a time of tragedy? Share your thoughts.
Thus the LORD saved Israel that day from the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore.
Exodus 14:30, NRSV
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