Hope: a feeling that what is wanted will happen; a feeling that events will turn out for the best.
When there is shaking down to the new root: do not pull the weeds or else you risk pulling the seedling, as well. Both are seeking a footing there, and both will need to grow if either are to survive. And the lifting plant that found itself so close to adversity will learn to adapt in ways that it wouldn't have had the Wishing Seed been placed in perfect ground, free of weeds.
That plant will be stronger, more sure of who she is: thick of stem, broad-leafed, roots sunk down to the very Source like a woman holding her ground, feet apart, hands on her hips, calling it what it is, claiming what she needs: Courage and Grace and most of all the Love she has found, the gift of this Love that has been found for her.
Because Love is not optional. Love is the secret message written on the tender place within the hard shell and now it has been reached, and there is no stopping that.
Vibrancy: the light of Love shining through the wounds we have endured; radiant joy that informs the active momentum of one's life.
In this love I have found a new kind of mercy and access to a creative life.
She says, "The fire moves into the souls who have gone dim for lack of love for and from." I warm myself at his hearth, held and healing, and we are reconnected with those place where we were wrongfully exiled from our ability to give and receive love. And we begin to glow.
Where we are lit, we are ablaze with the fire of heartideas and spontaneous actions of goodness, wrapped within the voice of another's love for us, a miracle of such easy peace.
I feel both gentle and fierce, small and significant. Saint Juan Diego says when he is greeted by the Mother of Love, "I am a nobody, I am a small rope, a tiny ladder, the tail end, a leaf..."
Together, we are the ropes that sound the bell of praise, the ladder upon which the wounded climb, the leaf that trusts the Hand that guides it around all obstacles toward the living water that courses through this small, incredible life. Thank you.