From Doom…to Hope

4 thoughts on “From Doom…to Hope”

  1. Thank you for sharing this. You are such a beautiful writer. Your poems, photographs, blogs, and sermons have been a great comfort.

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  2. Dear Alicia,
    You have spoken what many have thought in their lowest, darkest thoughts.
    That bumblebee is such a picture of what we as Jesus’ followers are to continue to do. Keep faithful to the great commission and do justice , love kindness (mercy) and walk humbly with our God.
    We have a table labyrinth which I find helps me so much in praying for people and situations. How wonderful to have one you can walk nearby. Bless you dear sister. ❤️ Thank you.

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  3. Alicia, thanks for this reflection, which was both powerful and poignant. Perhaps because of my own physical condition, I both identified and was inspired by the story of the bumblebee with the damaged wing, who struggled to continue its God-given work to pollinate the flowers. I also appreciated your reflections on encountering a sense of overwhelming and all-encompassing doom. Wow. I think that contemporary Christians are not comfortable resting with doom–we are too eager to move beyond that foreboding sense of Doom to the hope provided by the life and ministry of Christ. And, that is the core message of Christianity, afterall. However, I wonder if we, as followers of Christ, would not be more faithful if we learned to rest for a time in the cold, dark shadows of that sense of Doom. Perhaps abiding for a time with Doom would give us a greater sense of urgency to work for justice and a wiser, more discerning perspective on what needs to be done to provide justice in the 21st century. Alicia, perhaps that’s what you ultimately experienced in the labyrinth.

    At any rate, thanks for sharing this “dark night of the soul” moment in your spiritual journey.

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