A MEDITATION ON THE RESILIENCE OF HOPE

(After Genesis 1)

 In a new beginning, having lain seemingly dormant, Hope reasserted itself. 

It was as if Hope had said “Enough!  Now is the moment to put aside the chaos and uncertainty and grow tired.”

 So, despite the darkness and despair, despite the fear and anxiety, regular sleep was restored until the waking hours.

 And Hope said “That’s good!”

 This was the first stage for the returning of life.

Then it was recognized that insufficient had not been sufficient.

 It was as if Hope had said “Now is the moment to put aside the chaos and uncertainty and grow hungry.”

 So, despite the darkness and despair, despite the fear and anxiety, appetite increased and taste buds awakened.

 And Hope said “That’s good!”

 This was the second stage for the returning of life.

 Then it was recognized that small tasks could again be undertaken.

 It was as if Hope had said “Now is the moment to put aside the chaos and uncertainty and pick up something light.”

 So, despite the darkness and despair, despite the fear and anxiety, soil was turned over, carpets swept and milk bottles put out.

 And Hope said “That’s good!”

 This was the third stage for the returning of life.

Then it was recognized that the outside world was still spinning.

It was as if Hope had said “Now is the moment to put aside the chaos and uncertainty and venture out.”

So, despite the darkness and despair, despite the fear and anxiety, the streets were walked again, roads crossed and shopping done.

And Hope said “That’s good!”

This was the fourth stage for the returning of life.

Then it was recognized that there was colour and vitality.

It was as if Hope had said “Now is the moment to put aside the chaos and uncertainty and look about and beyond.”

So, despite the darkness and despair, despite the fear and anxiety, the grass became green and fresh again, the sunflower bright and proud again, the ant busy and the universe great again.

And Hope said “That’s good!”

This was the fifth stage for the returning of life.

Then it was recognized that others were alive and in need too.

It was as if Hope had said “Now is the moment to put aside the chaos and uncertainty and engage.”

So, despite the darkness and despair, despite the fear and anxiety, encounters took place, conversations held and common concerns expressed.

 And Hope said “That’s good!”

 This was the sixth stage for the returning of life.

Then it was recognized that there would be more, so much more.

It was as if Hope had said “Now is the moment to put aside the chaos and uncertainty and reflect.” 

So, out of the darkness and despair, out of the fear and anxiety, through reflection and renewal, rest and re-creation, a new life was glimpsed.

And Hope said “That’s good!  That’s really, really good!  Chaos and uncertainty have been set aside; order achieved, with faith and love, meaning and vision vital once more.”

This was the seventh and final stage when life returned.

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