Thursday, June 4, 2020

SJT & SOS & Poetry Friday: Hope Hits a Triple!

It's been a hard week, a hard spring, and a hard year for so many reasons. When Ruth's email arrived that our theme for Spiritual Journey Thursday was hope, I didn't feel much hope. I ruminated about the word, I searched some favorite writers for encouraging words, I googled songs of hope, but it was when I turned to the words of scripture that I felt comforted. Today's post, a found poem from Colossians 1 & 2 and Hebrews 6, is playing triple duty for Spiritual Journey Thursday, Sharing Our Stories, and Poetry Friday. 
It fits our theme of hope for Spiritual Journey Thursday,
there's alliteration (from scripture) for Sharing Our Stories,
and it's a poem for Poetry Friday!

Continue in the faith 
and hope of the gospel:
built up

Lay hold upon hope,
an anchor of the soul,
both sure and steadfast.

- Ramona Behnke
(A found poem from 
 Colossians 1:23,
 Colossians 2:7, and
 Hebrews 6:18 & 19) 
The work of hope for our world requires action on our part. The words from a document I discovered this week are a call to action: "If you haven’t engaged in anti-racism work in the past, start now." Check out this resource - Anti-racism resources for white people.

Ruth is hosting our Spiritual Journey Thursday gathering this month and asked us to reflect on her OLW, hope. You can read more posts about hope at Ruth's blog, There is no such thing as a God-forsaken town.
To savor the magic of story, join the fun by linking your story at Sharing Our Stories.
Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche is hosting Poetry Friday with a golden shovel poem she wrote using a line from Naomi Shihab Nye's poem, Kindness. It's a poem she's writing as a farewell letter to her students. What a lovely gift!


  1. So many great words in your poem! I love "anchor," "steadfast," "rooted," "established." Thanks so much for these reminders!

  2. I love that you were able to write with one key message of hope for so many purposes. So many strong words as a reminder to remain steadfast in our hope that God knows and is in control.

  3. Beautifully captured, Ramona - the word "consoled" draws me most. Continue in the faith and be consoled ... there surely isn't any consolation when not continuing in the faith! I think many of us struggled with writing to "hope" just now (I know I did, and it's one of my favorite themes). Yet it never really leaves us. Your post speaks to its staying power, and ours in it.

  4. Lay hold upon hope. Yes... that is a positive and intentional action. I like it, and I believe that faith demands that we lay hold on hope. Thank you for stating it so well. Blessings.

  5. Found poems are amazing. I loved this one! I have always loved the phrase "an anchor for the soul."

  6. Efficiency at its best!

    Happy belated birthday!! What a beatiful found poem from scripture! I love "finding" poems, but I have never used the Bible before. Hmmm...I might have to do this, too!

  7. Your writing taste has been surprised me. Thank you, a quite nice article.

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