|an amazing commission|
by Wayne Stratz
THE HOPE OF LOVING
by: Meister Eckhart Transl. Daniel Ladinksky
What keeps us alive, what allows us to endure?
I think it is the hope of loving, or being loved.
I am inside our booth and I tell a stranger that Hope is my favorite word. He asks why. My answer was because it is the opposite of despair, maybe my true answer is… I know despair.
Meister Eckhart continues
I heard a fable once about the sun going on a journey to find its source, and how the moon wept without her lover’s warm gaze.
We weep when light does not reach our hearts. We wither like fields if someone close does not rain their kindness upon us.
I don’t know how I unfolded into a man of hope, but it sure did help to stop believing in a God who keeps lists of sins and waits to throw it into my face. Seeking out positive people sure does help. Reading Frederick Buechner may have been key. I will end with his words, from his sermon about hope:
"I think it is hope that lies at our hearts and hope that finally brings us all here [into the church]. Hope that in spite of all the devastating evidence to the contrary, the ground we stand on is holy ground because Christ walked here and walks here still. Hope that we are known, each one of us, by name, and that out of the burning moments of our lives he will call us by our names to the lives he would have us live and the selves he would have us become. Hope that into the secret grief and pain and bewilderment of each of us and of our world he will come at last to heal and to save." (81)