‘Waiting may well be the compost in a life of prayer.’

Going to ground: Dana Littlepage Smith looks for hope in an unlikely place

‘This may be the holy ground of paradox. The humus of ultimate humbling.’ | Photo: Edward Howell / iStock.com.

I have a friend who has let the word ‘hope’ drift from her lexicon. She has good reason. She says hope takes her away from her present, which includes pain and loss.

My friend is a compassionate and wise woman who has witnessed systemic injustice. Maybe for today she is choosing not to invest in a chimera which insists there will be a better future. I respect her, along with many Buddhist friends, who seem to avoid the H-word.

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