About two weeks ago, I posted a 7 day series of images and reflections centering around hope, peace, grace, mercy, love, joy and light. I then invited readers, old and new, to submit and words or images that further reflect on these 7 "holy pauses". Submissions have been sparse - but numbers are not so important as we often treat them. We need not have lots of new images or reflections to go deeper. So we shall savor what has been offered, slowly, reverently. (I also continue to welcome submissions - see below.)
An online friend, Joy Wiederkehr, offered two, one of which I am posting here today (the other I shall save for a bit later). This image illustrates her reflection on the verse of scripture below it and she associated it, quite appropriately, with "hope".
(reflection about Luke 21,25a.28)
"There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. WHEN THESE THINGS BEGIN TO TAKE PLACE, STAND UP AND LIFT UP YOUR HEADS, BECAUSE YOUR REDEMPTION IS DRAWING NEAR!"
(To properly savor our topic, I have decided that the next 7 days will be dedicated to hope. If you would like to submit anything related to hope (comments, art, poetry, etc.) this week, please e-mail it to me at email@example.com, indicating if you want your name or a pseudonym to be used with it. Please do not feel that you have to be a great artist or wordsmith to share something - few of us have Joy's talent, but all of us may be vessels of hope for each other, even though we may not know it. You may continue to submit words or images related to the other 6 words as well, since we will spend some more time with them. Many blessings as we enter more deeply into hope...)