My mother-in-law, a beautiful human being, passed on from this life today. It’s been a difficult day for the family, and as my wife boards a flight to head home to be with loved ones during this time, I was reminded of one simple word: Hope. It’s a word I strongly believe in. And as I processed the day with that word in mind, here’s what I wrote:
Hope is not a homeless cast-off, living in squalid conditions on the edge of the sunset’s shadows.
Though you will find it there.
Hope is not a forgotten word, buried under scientific jargon, dying an abandoned existence in a dusty appendix.
Though surely you can scan the final pages with your index finger and find it there too.
Hope is not an empty, opiate-filled wish, meant to pacify the cravings of a desolate heart.
Though hope is comfortable in emptiness, tucking neatly in an upside-down crevice of a turned-out pocket.
Hope is the undefinable assurance, proved to the heart by a million micro-steps of life, that joy can never be fully extinguished.
Hope is as high as a thousand-mile mountain peak, yet as thin as an inch-thick stream spreading out indefinitely in all directions.
Hope casts off doubt and lingers until despair yields to its indomitable message.
When the world doesn’t choose hope, hope merely grows stronger, encouraged in the throes of life’s storms, emboldened on the faces of the faithful, ensured that the weary will find their way, that the righteous will find their reward, that a simple seed planted long ago will find its way home.