A way where there is no way; this is what God, and only God, can provide. This is salvation, which in Hebrew means widening or making sufficient. As we move from death to life we discover grace, a force as real as gravity, and we are reminded of its presence in the changing of the seasons, and in the dying of seeds from which new life emerges, so that even our deserts may bloom. It permeates the very language we use, and we are fortunate indeed that our words are far wiser than we are. Any poet knows that they can spark with new meaning, even years after we have written them, and tell us what we most need to know. Poetry might not seem like much in an unjust and violent world, in which acedia tempts us to give up on the fight for something better. But poetry - psalms and hymns - can be a remedy for the human tendency to take refuge in indifference. - Kathleen Norris, Acedia and me

Illustration: Hope in the Midst of Despair

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