An Aside 1: Being Easy to Get


Pushing and big boulder up a hill?

As people, we many times tend to make others feel this way.  We put others in positions like this, attempting to win or earn our good graces, our friendship, our acceptance of them.

There is one though, who sticks with us closer than a brother, even with motherly affection, who rather moves the boulder for us.

I hope to be more and more like this one.  The one who removes and relieves others of the boulders of separation and alienation.  One whose friendship and such are given rather than earned.




Hope for Change 5

Change? Why?

I hope we are self-aware enough to know our need of change, and continued need of change.

Isn’t it true that we come to “Hope” as we are?

An emphatic “yes”, is my answer.  We keep coming to “Hope” needy as we are.  

That being said, receiving mercy, grace,and love, from “Hope”, though we are truly unacceptable in the condition we are in, doesn’t mean we accept our unacceptable selves that remain.  The part of us that rebels against and truly hates “Hope”. The part of us that continues to look for hope, comfort, and pleasure in places far away from “Hope” and the graces and knowledge of Himself, He has given us to live on, in, and through.  We must continue to “call out” and “hate” this self. We can hate and reject this self, and at the same time rejoice in “Hope” because “Hope” doesn’t count the doings of this “self”, against us. As we tend to do, damning our whole persons or the whole persons of others, because of the evil “self”, we continue to carry.

So as we come to “Hope” and keep coming to “Hope” lets know our continued distance from Him, and need of turning from false hopes, to true Hope.  Do know that “Hope” is merciful and gracious with us with our failings when we come to Him needy.

To love our whole persons and the whole persons of others is to acknowledge and hate the evil “self” within ourselves and others while loving and empathizing with the whole person diseased with this “self”.  

We do well to love whole persons acknowledging our universally diseased state which is yet to be fully cured.  Some have got a taste of the cure and the goodness and kindness of “Hope”, but this is a taste. We look forward to the being fully cured from our diseased state.


Hope for Change 1

 There is a Hope for change.

After struggling for a long time with certain negative behaviors and attitudes within us, we may begin to surrender to these things.  We make an uneasy peace with these.  It is my hope that as we begin to more intentionally think and meditate on our hope, we will begin to see these negative patterns of living lessened in our lives.

Now what is our hope, or Hope?  All of us have one, and only one true hope, or Hope.  If there were multiple or numerous sources of real hope for all of our lives, I would say, choose the best source or hope for yourself, the source of hope that fits, or works for you.  There is only one source of hope, however.  We only hurt ourselves and others when we live as if this is not so.