Hope is that thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops... at all. ~Emily Dickinson
Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. ~Anne Lamott
So often we think what are we doing? Why are we still believing in this impossibility, this dream , this goal that we want to reach. Most people tell us that "Look, this is crazy. It just isn't going to happen." Hope according to dictionarydotcom is a feeling that something wanted can be had. Hope is the desire that things turn out for the best. So when we are hoping, we have this feeling that Higher power does have a plan for us that will be the best for us. sometimes the concept of false hope is one that creeps into our minds as we listen to the world, the doubters, our own mistrust of positive things can happen for our lives. False means something that is not true, not correct, is erroneous. We can walk the path of positivity, or we can think negative until we just walk away, guess what, still as miserable, unhappy as we were when at least we believed that good things will come. As I was researching today's saint, we came across St Nicholas, who is called by some Santa Claus. Many do not know that he was a real man who just believed in hope. Wikipedia says: Several stories tell of Nicholas and the sea. When he was young, Nicholas sought the holy by making a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. There as he walked where Jesus walked, he sought to more deeply experience Jesus' life, passion, and resurrection. Returning by sea, a mighty storm threatened to wreck the ship. Nicholas calmly prayed. The terrified sailors were amazed when the wind and waves suddenly calmed, sparing them all. And so St. Nicholas is the patron of sailors and voyagers. When we are losing hope, we are in the storms of life, just believing in our hope, our dream, our Higher power, we can not lose sight of the goal, the destination we want to reach but move forward into having the song we want to sing continue to be heard, that the dawn will come with a brighter light, a better day.
saints: St. Nicholas: aint Nicholas (Greek: Άγιος Νικόλαος, Hagios ["holy"] Nicolaos ["victory of the people"]) (270–6 December 343), also called Nikolaos of Myra was a historic 4th-century saint and Greek Bishop of Myra (Demre, in Lycia, part of modern-day Turkey). Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nikolaos the Wonderworker (Greek: Νικόλαος ο Θαυματουργός, Nikolaos o Thaumaturgos). He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him, and thus became the model for Santa Claus, whose modern name comes from the Dutch Sinterklaas. His reputation evolved among the faithful, as was common for early Christian saints.
In 1087, his relics were furtively translated to Bari, in southeastern Italy; for this reason, he is also known as Nikolaos of Bari. His feastday is 6 December.The historical Saint Nicholas is remembered and revered among Catholic and Orthodox Christians. He is also honored by various Anglican and Lutheran churches. Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors, merchants, archers, thieves, children, and students in Greece, Belgium, France, Romania, Bulgaria, Georgia, Albania, Russia, the Republic of Macedonia, Slovakia, Serbia, and Montenegro. He is also the patron saint of Aberdeen, Amsterdam, Barranquilla, Bari, Beit Jala, Fribourg, Huguenots, Kozani, Liverpool, Paternopoli, Siggiewi, and Lorraine. He was also a patron of the Varangian Guard of the Byzantine emperors, who protected his relics in Bari.
I am here my usual hours today. I do so look forward to sharing with each person spirit sends to me. I will answer all email readings this afternoon, as well as continue to send light and love to all. Talk to you soon. May the fairies dance around all of us today. love ya, Me, Bob, Bets, T