Hope Rises

a horizontal wisp of orange, yellow, green, and purple smoke

Hope rises.

It rises from the heart of life, here and now, beating with joy and sorrow.

Hope longs.

It longs for good to be affirmed, for justice and love to prevail, for suffering to be alleviated, and for life to flourish in peace.

Hope remembers.

It remembers the dreams of those who have gone before and reaches for connection with them across the boundary of death.

Hope acts.

It acts to bless, to protest, and to repair.

adapted from A House for Hope: The Promise of Progressive Religion for the Twenty-First Century.