Celebrating the A to Z Blogging Challenge with quotations on the writing life.
I heard a preacher say recently that hope is a revolutionary patience;
let me add that so is being a writer. 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. You wait and watch and work; you don’t give up.
Hope, like prayer, is often seen as a last resort. Or as an excuse used by weaklings. “I hope I can pass the test,” said the unprepared student. He sighs, and we shake our heads, knowing that if he has to rely on hope he’s probably done for.
But maybe hope is more than we think.
I like the idea that hope is the first resort, the beginning. And it’s also the middle, as it faces obstacles and setbacks. And hope is present at the end, when the long-desired project (or promise) comes to pass. Hope transforms into sight, and great is our rejoicing.
A revolutionary patience.
One timid step at a time.