Bridge of Hope by Josephine Wall

For your consideration……

Perhaps you have heard the story of Pandora. In Greek mythology Pandora was given a box that under no circumstances was she to open. Of course, she did and all of the evils of the world escaped. She hastened to close the container but all had escaped except for one thing that lay at the bottom. It was the Spirit of HOPE named Elpis. HOPE was not so anxious to escape. Or perhaps, HOPE out weighed the rest.

We are reminded of this story today as we are reminded of the elements of HOPE. In reality true despair is the lack of HOPE. Pure evil is the absence of HOPE.

Often we are asked to pause each day at least once to reflect on what we are grateful for. When we do that we renew HOPE because we recognize the elements of it. We recognize love. We recognize joy. We recognize the realm of possibilities of what we know and what we don’t know. We recognize the power of spirit. We recognize the power of belief. We recognize the power of the Universe and its faith and belief in us. We recognize miracles happen every day. We recognize the beauty of Mother Earth and the life-sustaining gifts she offers to us. We recognize the good in each other.

All is possible for us because we have HOPE. And so it is.


Bit by bit, piece by piece, HOPE by HOPE action steps anyone can take…..

-Meditate/pray in gratitude. Let your authentic self step forward. Listen.

-Drink lots of water.

-Take in at least 10 deep breaths outdoors. Or take deep breaths whenever you are anxious, afraid or stressed.

-Reflect on what you are grateful for.

-Laugh out loud.


What made me smile yesterday……

-A really easy school day.

-Catching up with Jackie. It is a lot harder than it used to be.

-Charity called and our meeting time is absolutely perfect. It is a perfect fit. I love synchronicity. I always feel it is an affirmation from the Universe.

-Joyous Alex. I can’t wait to see and hug her.

-A visit from Joan, our neighbor. She came bearing gifts including a jingle bell wreath for the door. I put it on the door we use the most to remind me of the joy of the season whenever I am rushing in or out.


Love, Blessings and Gratitude.

Rev. Chris


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