Hold on to Hope

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I saw the moon setting
As I drove to work
Early this morning.

It hung over the horizon,
Round and orange,
Its beauty suspended
Over the blackness of trees
The shadows of houses.

The full moon
Reminds me that life goes on
Even in the midst
Of chaos, of grief,
Of confusion or hopelessness.

Hold on to hope, to beauty,
To love, to the assurance
That no matter what we face,
God is there beside us, saying,
“You are my beloved.”

 
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November Rose

  
I walk by this rose
in front of the chapel
and then go back.

This bloom calls to me.
“I am here. See me.”
Survivor of the frost,
it reminds me that
life perseveres through
the toughest moments.

May we be that sign of life,
that hint of perseverance,
that affirmation of beauty
to those worn down
by worry, fear, or grief.

Lover of life,
creator, comforter,
we belong to you.

 
 
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