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How Can We Have Hope

How can we have hope
In times so full of fear;
When troubles seem to boil,
Robbing us of peace and cheer?


How can we hold on
When violence is brewing;
Pouring into our streets,
Its hateful venom spewing?


The answer is this;
Its secret not hidden:
Surroundings can’t stop her,
For hope is born from within.


Outrageous Grace

This song has been around for a while, but it is so appropriate for the tumultuous times in which we find ourselves.  Be comforted and encouraged:


I will reach higher;
If I happen to fall,
I will get up,
Dust myself off
And try again.


I will look farther;
If I don’t see at all,
I will grow still,
Quietly wait,
Carefully attend.


I will hope stronger;
Obey the deeper call
Of my own heart;
The soft voice of
My inward friend.


Stretch the limits
Of your expectations;
Of what you already know.
Stretch the limits
Until you have found
Inspiration for your soul.


Stretch the limits
Of what you thought possible;
Of all your wishes and dreams;
Stretch the limits
Until you have learned
Life is bigger than it seems.


Stretch the limits;
Then stretch them some more;
Take heart, they really won’t break.
Stretch the limits
Until you have lived
In wholeness, fully awake.



Rainbows are signs of hope,
Reminders of promise
That help us to press on
And watch for better times ahead.

They can’t come without rain,,
Sent to wash and nourish,
Often so dark and cold,
Settling like a wet blanket.

All creation huddles,
Tucked in against the rain
That falls like endless tears
As Mother Earth cries, just because.

Even she will keep watch,
Searching for the rainbows
That comes so faithfully,
Reminding us that hope is good.



Crisp air mixed with sunshine in the morning.
The first bird songs of Spring.
Crocus in full bloom, surrounded by snow.
Beautiful music that stirs your soul.
A baby’s exuberant laugh.
The sound of a brook or rushing river.
A hot meal at the end of a busy day.
A tall glass of water.
Really good chocolate or wine.
A hot bath that soothes aches and pains.
The cozy feel of lying in bed, just before coming fully awake.
The sound of wind and rain outside, while you snuggle in the blankets.
These are some of the pleasures that bring refreshment; do feel free to share others.


Keep reaching higher,
Ever holding to your goal;
Your belief that you can do it is most important.



Take breaks to rest and plan;
One step at a time; not leaps and bounds.



Soon you’ll begin to notice
Undeniable signs of progress
Coming your way;
Catching your attention;
Encouraging you as you keep reaching;
Stretch and grow; don’t stop…
Success is yours at last!