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Endings and Beginnings

The readings at church today were, quite frankly, rather dark and disturbing. End of times was the focus. It is difficult when reading these passages from Daniel and Psalms and Mark to see hope. But as our homilist pointed out, there is hope even in these end times, the hope of new beginnings. And certainly, after the events of Paris, it is tough to see hope.

But I am reminded of Joan Bauer's HOPE WAS HERE and so many other novels that hold out hope to readers, hope even in the darkest of times. I think of Melinda from SPEAK whose sense of humor, laconic as it is, shines a light in the darkness. I think of Emily Dickinson's poem about hope:

“Hope” is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops - at all -

I think of the post from Donalyn Miller at Nerdy Book Club today: She writers: "If we hope for a better world through our children, literacy provides us with the best chance we have to change things." And I think that this is one of the things books can offer: hope amidst the darkness, promise of nw beginnings at the end times. Books punch through the darkness and allow the stars to shine through. Books remind us that there is always hope and that we must cling to hope.

For some more inspirational quotes about hope, visit here:

We can always, all of us, use a little more hope in our lives.
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