hope Other Writings

It will find us

For all who are in that place of pausing to perceive where their Good Shepherd is leading them next: you are practicing hope now so you can help the rest of us when we come to that place again. Grace and peace to you…

In a world where there is so much drudgery, so much grief, so much emptiness and fear and pain, our gladness in our work is as much needed as we ourselves need to be glad. If we keep our eyes and ears open, our hearts open, we will find the place surely. The phone will ring and we will jump not so much out of our skin as into our skin. If we keep our lives open, the right place will find us.

Frederick Buechner, Secrets in the Dark: A Life in Sermons, “The Calling of Voices”

hope Other Writings

Empty hands


Hope empties our hands in order that we may work with them.

— Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island, Sentences on Hope

God in heaven, fill my heart to empty my hands for you and yours.


p.s. Here are some related posts:

So many coats – Mary Oliver
Frederick Buechner – A million things