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O God, for what do I hope?

I cannot ponder that question enough.

I may hope for things all the time,

But just as quickly as my hopes arise

they seem to flee from my grasp, from my mind.

Where does my hope for peace take me

after I turn off the morning news?

Where does my hope for people’s healing

intersect with my everyday life?

Where does my hope for the earth

wrap around my daily choices?

Where does my hope

for a more compassionate society

take root and grow?

O God of Hope, please help.

Let these desires take up residency in my life,

so they may start to make a difference in this world.

This is my prayer, O God. Amen.