Harvest of Hope

“Hope means hoping when things are hopeless, or it is no virtue at all… As long as matters are really hopeful, hope is mere flattery or platitude. It is only when everything is hopeless that hope begins to be a strength.” ~G.K. Chesterton

It doesn’t feel like harvest time. The autumn leaves have fallen away, and so have our hopes for a quick fix to this mad pandemic. Like the fields and trees, our optimism has gone bare. But barrenness is an illusion. Late fall is the time of ingathering, of storing up. Throughout history, people have celebrated the harvest not when the fields were full, but when they were bare. When the hard work of ingathering had been completed, and the storehouses were full. Hope is the same. It’s a storehouse, a time of huddling by the fires of memory. A time to remember that the barrenness of winter is an illusion. And that beneath the frozen ground, even now, the seeds planted by hope are preparing sprout in the spring.

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16 Responses to Harvest of Hope

  1. “Genuine hope is not blind optimism. I is hope with open eyes, which sees the suffering and yet believes in the future.” – Juergen Moltmann

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  2. Abe Austin says:

    Never heard that G.K. Chesterton quite before, it’s amazing. And thank you for the application to the current day!

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  3. revruss1220 says:

    A beautiful, timely reminder. And GORGEOUS pictures! Thank you for that. It brings Romans 8:24 to mind: “Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”

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  4. Lovely words and images. Thank you for posting, Mitch. I needed this message this week.

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  5. gregoryjoel says:

    A beautiful reminder and beautiful pictures. I love the harvest time and the reflection it brings.

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  7. Elizabeth Ward says:

    Emily Dickinson wrote
    “Hope is the thing with feathers,
    That perches in the soul,
    And sings the tune
    Without the words
    And never stops at all.

    And Sweetest -in the gale- is heard,
    And sore must be the storm,
    That could abash the little bird,
    That kept so many warm.

    I’ve heard it in the chillest land,
    And on the strangest sea,
    Yet -never- in extremity,
    It asked a crumb of me.”

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  8. Ann Coleman says:

    What fabulous photos! Thanks!

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  9. selonnerias says:

    We reap during the good times what we sow during the bad times.

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