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Dancing through the Dark

December 6, 2010

“Hope and despair are not opposites. They are cut from the very same cloth, made from the very same material, shaped from the very same circumstances.  Most of all, every life finds itself forced to choose one from the other, one day at a time, one circumstance after another.  The only difference between the two is that despair shapes an attitude of mind; hope creates a quality of soul.

Despair colors the way we look at things, makes us suspicious of the future, makes us negative about the present.  Hope, on the other hand, takes life on its own terms, knows that whatever happens God lives in it, and expects that, whatever its twists and turns, it will ultimately yield its good to those who live it well.

When tragedy strikes, when trouble comes, when life disappoints us, we stand at the crossroads beween hope and despair, torn and hurting. Despair cements us in the present; hope sends us dancing around dark corners trusting in a tomorrow we cannot see.  Despair says that there is no place to go but here.  Hope says that God is waiting for us someplace else.  Begin again.”

[Taken from a letter to Renee Loux on her blog Dated March 1, 2010. PS. Renee is amazing!]

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 24, 2011 8:43 AM

    thank you……. this is lovely and SO true.. ❤

  2. December 24, 2011 9:33 AM

    Thanks for posting this! I’m going to follow you now.

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