What does hanging on to hope mean to you? This first week of Advent is about hope. I have been struggling with forgiving someone in my life. I do not get to that place often. I keep thinking about Madiba and how he did not let hate rule his heart. I think I have forgiven this person and yet sometimes I realize I have no desire for that person to be back in my life. I know logically that forgiveness and reconciliation are two different things and yet I cannot seem to make sense of what I am feeling. All I can do is offer my confusion to God and try to let it go. I have to trust that God will take care of my heart and will plant the seeds that are needed to start anew or to walk away.

I always hope to have a heart big enough to maintain relationships. I hope that I can be the kind of person that I want others to be towards me. I believe in hope and I believe that the Light wins each time. Sometimes though waiting in the ugliness of the moment can be a struggle. Advent reminds me that God outwaits us all and quietly longs for us to come along on the path of peace.



About sstyves

A Canadian prairie girl rooted in Ignatian spirituality, I seek God in all things. Whether I catch a glimpse of the Divine and delight in its presence in nature or in the beauty of an encounter with someone, I am ever so grateful that I can recognize the Creator. I greet each new day with hope and happiness, expecting blessings and miracles because I am created to praise, love and serve God. This blog is one way of realizing that through my writings, prayers, and photography. To God be the Glory!
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