Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Noonday Prayer - Hope


Noonday Prayer service has been a blessing for me this year. It is something I will miss at the end of this internship. Usually our gatherings are quite small, no more than 5 or 6 people besides the leader. The nuns who run this agency cum coffee shop are open and friendly, and appreciate poetry as much as scripture. They’ve taught me much about interfaith interaction, living with an open heart and mind.

I’ve been incredibly busy for a couple of weeks – and will be for another week or so – and neglected to post last week’s Noonday Prayer…

We talked about hope. The center is called the Hopes Center, so it seemed appropriate. I began with dictionary definitions of hope:

• The feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best
• Something in which expectations are centered
• To look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence

I read a blog post about hope, and a quote from Vaclav Havel. Havel wrote that hope is “an orientation of the spirit, an orientation of the heart…It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.”

Then we shared our experiences and thoughts on hope, hopefulness and hopelessness. One person confessed to not having an orientation toward hope, but despair, and said that the quotation from Havel helped. The conversation was rich and deep.

And we prayed – we prayed for hope, we prayed for best outcomes, we prayed for the wisdom to follow the path that makes sense, the path that is right and good. We live in hope.

Blessed Be and Amen.

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