Do you have hope? I asked one of the mental health patients on my ward, way back in Seminary as a I served my clinical unit.
No, she said, but I’m hoping for it.
God, you know how many times I have been in this position, hoping for hope.
I don’t have the hope yet. There are too many uncertainties, but I’m hoping for it.
Because God knows, God knows that we don’t have enough in place for us to be hopeful yet. God knows the illness, inequities and sheer number of existential crises that are going on right now.
But, you also know, God, that the Holy Spirit comes for us with radical changes in the crux of her very being.
So today, I will look for the Holy Spirit: for inspiration, encouragement, and yes even hope embodied.
Because even if I don’t have it, maybe I can at least recognize it along the way.
I’m just here, hoping for hope God.
So that is my prayer, that I can continue to hope for hope.
Image an original mixed art collage “Hope for Jan 20th” by Bea Stenta
Feel free to use or share with credit to Pastor Katy Stenta