From Wishing to Hope

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“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.”

~Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams

From Wishing to Hope

Advent is a time for active hope, not

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“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.”

~Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams

From Wishing to Hope

Advent is a time for active hope, not passive wishing.

Hoping” is not the same thing as “wishing.”  Wishing is a passive process; we wish upon a star or a set of birthday candles.  There is no real investment in wishing.

Hope is active anticipation and requires participation.  To wish for something, say a better relationship with someone or for “world peace,” is really a way of disregarding our deepest yearnings.  To hope for something is to take it seriously enough to engage the journey toward its fruition, toward its “advent.”  To hope for a better relationship means to begin a process of engaging that relationship toward the hoped-for intimacy; to hope for world peace means that I myself must begin to act more peaceably.

May the candle of Hope be a refiners fire that transforms any Advent “wishing” into a fierce flame of Advent Hope.  Then we won’t have to wish upon the stars, they will be within our grasp and we will live among them.

Read more http://whereheartandmindmeet.ccuccatl.com/2012/12/02/from-wishing-to-hope/

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