#HopeinChrist

I’m on vacation. I played with grandchildren this morning and worked out in a Lifetime Gym, and ended up sitting in a whirlpool counseling a broken man pleading for hope from me.

Back at my daughter’s home, and we just heard my son in law (a pastor in the Presbyterian Church in America) is with a couple in a hospital grieving the loss of their one year old daughter. Yesterday we left my oldest son’s home with a hug and a tear after we spent a weekend grieving over the anniversary of the loss of their daughter (my granddaughter; Elizabeth Joy).

Emily Dickinson describes hope as a bird (“the thing with feathers”) that perches in the soul. There, it sings wordlessly and without pause. The song of hope sounds sweetest “in the Gale,” and it would require a terrifying storm to ever “abash the little Bird / That kept so many warm.” Dickinson says that she has heard the bird of hope “in the chillest land— / and on the strangest Sea—”, but never, no matter how extreme the conditions, did it ever ask for a single crumb from her.

“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –
And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash
the little Bird
That kept so many warm –
I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me.
https://genius.com/Emily-dickinson-hope-is-the-thing-with-feathers-254-annotated
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