Wednesday, November 30, 2011

When we need a little hope...

Who says angels smile all the time?

Jelly jars,
colored beach glass
and beeswax candles
on my grandmother's silver tea tray...

I lit a candle with the kids last night.
We talked about hope.
about promises
and longed-for things.

Eight years ago, I was told I couldn't have children.
I was lost at sea,
grasping for a new direction,
for something to hold on to.

That Christmas, my sister-in-law gave me a present,
a simple linen square, sewn with one word:    

I stared over and over and over at that sewn word, 
trying to own it.

It became my tangible reminder
that help is never far,
even when we can't see or feel or think through our hard times.

And that season, eight years ago, is when I started writing, actually sitting at a desk, plotting and birthing stories. Which I'm still doing today.

My four sweet endings, you've seen.

Hope is worth every penny of the wait.

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without words
And never stops at all
- Emily Dickinson

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
 - Oscar Wilde

For you, my artist and writer friends, hopeful by nature, 
hopeful for someone, somewhere to pick up your work and be changed, 
may your work be rich and deep,
may your hearts be lightened
and your hopes become solid.

 A beautiful book about hope:

Gleam and Glow, by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Peter Sylvada


6 comments: said...

Beautiful post Faith, especially at this time of year when it all about the hope of what is to come.
I love seeing your precious children!

Faith E. Hough said...

Beautiful! Thank you for writing this and catching us up in your hope.

brian said...

A gem of a post, Faith.
Thank you.
(and that top pic of Faith Jr. is a keeper)

Vijaya said...

Your beautiful post fills me with new hope. Thank you.

ruthie said...

Hope is the lantern that shines through the darkness x Your story has the bestest of "endlings" Faith. Thank you for this beautiful reminder of a post x

Jan Morrison said...

Lovely post. I try not to live in hope or fear as I think they are different sides of the same coin. I'd say you live in faith more than hope. Faith that what you have is rich and good and faith that you keep yourself open to what is. Just like your dear name! Your kids are delightful and I'm going to go make some of those lanterns...thanks as always for your lovely thoughts and images.


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