Hope from suffering?

In the bible we learn that suffering eventually produces hope. I think this is incredibly comforting, especially in the midst of a pandemic. So let’s unpack this. Let us turn to history for some answers as to how this might happen.

In 1919 there was a pandemic of Spanish flu and this poem was reprinted during this time. It was written in 1869 by Kathleen O’Meara. I am using Kathleen’s pearls of wisdom today as the basis of the blog.

‘And People Stayed Home’ – A Famine Poem. Kathleen O’Meara.

Written 1869

And people stayed home
And read books and listened
And rested and exercised
And made art and played
And learned new ways of being
And stopped
And listened deeper
Someone meditated
Someone prayed
Someone danced
Someone met their shadow
And people began to think differently
And people healed
And in the absence of people who lived in ignorant ways
Dangerous,meaningless and heartless,
Even the earth began to heal
And when the danger ended
And people found each other
Grieved for the dead people
And they made new choices
And dreamed of new visions
And created new ways of life
And healed the earth completely
Just as they were healed themselves.

Today’s recipe of hope is to read the poem and reflect on how to go forward. It is to think differently about life and to make choices about what to do in the future. It is to stop and think

I wish you all much healing and hope in the midst of suffering X

Published by hope2020exchangingdisappointmentforhope

I am a qualified social worker and run a community project for vulnerable adults. I am passionate about social justice. I feel that every life matters. No-one is insignificant or invaluable. I also believe that everyone has the power to change, although some may not wish to. Essentially, I believe in hope. Hope Wells is my writing name.

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