Hope

“Where there is no hope, it is incumbent on us to invent it.” ~ Albert Camus

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Good Sunday morning, dear friends.  I hope this finds you enjoying those you love, your sweet home and planning a peaceful day.  

Many years ago, I had the great pleasure of hearing Maya Angelou speak.  It was an experience I will never forget.  She was a wonderful speaker and an amazing lady who had endured much and left us with powerful words to ponder.  So, in lieu of the tumultuous week we have all endured, I thought I would share a few lines from one of her poems which is a favorite of mine ~ On the Pulse of Morning. The poem speaks to the heartache we, unfortunately, see in our world.  Ms. Angelou performed her poem at the presidential inauguration of Bill Clinton in 1993.  

In my opinion, Ms. Angelou was trying to inspire hope, respect for our fellow man and our planet, peace, and unity through her words.  I have not copied the entire poem but it is available here, should you want to read it in its entirety.

 

“On the Pulse of Morning,” by Maya Angelou

For this bright morning dawning for you. 
History, despite its wrenching pain
Cannot be unlived, but if faced
With courage, need not be lived again.

Lift up your eyes upon
This day breaking for you.
Give birth again
To the dream. . . .

Here, on the pulse of this new day
You may have the grace to look up and out
And into your sister’s eyes, and into
Your brother’s face, your country
And say simply
Very simply
With hope—
Good morning.

Dear friends, please join me in praying for a better week ahead.  And especially, offer a prayer for all those who are trying to flee a country of violence and oppression.  Those dealing with the aftermath of terrible storms, involved in fleeing from horrific fires, stricken by dreaded COVID, or all who are suffering in any way.  My heart hurts for everyone that finds themselves in such horrible situations.  I feel yours does too.

Therefore, until we meet again. . .

Know I appreciate your visit and I wish you and yours a lovely day.

And. . .

May peace and joy be yours. ~ Stay well!

 

Amour,

Sandra

 

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Penny Carlson
Penny Carlson
25 days ago

I have always enjoyed Maya Angelou’s poetry and writings. Sending prayers to everyone for a better day ahead.

Pam Richardson
25 days ago

Sandra, my heart is heavy with all that is going on in our world. I pray…our only hope is found in our Heavenly Father. He is our peace in the midst of the storms that are raging across our world. Blessings my friend!

Sandra
Sandra
25 days ago
Reply to  Pam Richardson

Good morning, Pam. Your words are so true, my friend. Wishing you and yours a lovely week.

Brenda @ It's A Beautiful Life

What a moment that must have been to actually hear Maya Angelou speak in person. The words of the poem speak powerfully in light of all that is happening in the world around us. Dear Lord, have mercy on us all.

Thank you, Sandra, for sharing your tender thought with us today. Heart hugs to you.

jeanie
24 days ago

There is no doubt that our world needs an awful lot of prayer these days. I love that poem and all Maya Angelou’s work — she was indeed a gift to our world herself. Have a lovely week and stay well and safe.

Lorrie
24 days ago

Dear Sandra,
Thank you for posting this poem of Maya Angelou. It’s so beautiful and so apropos to our current broken world situation. My heart is heavy for so many areas where people, especially women and children, suffer at the hands of despots. May they find hope and may we continue to pray for them and help in any way we can.
I once heard Maya Angelou speak, too. She was very inspiring.
Have a blessed week.