Hope Progress Peace

With every morning

there is hope…

hope you will feel less pain

hope you will get stronger

hope you can pay all the bills

hope you will hear from the one you love.

With every day

there is progress…

progress towards your goals

progress untying knots

progress with cleaning up messes

progress whether you hear from the one you love or not

With every night

there is peace…

peace knowing you did all you could

peace because there is nothing else to do

peace with simple darkness

peace with being alone again

With every morning

there is hope…

unless the sounds of missiles ring in your ears

unless you did not sleep due to fear

unless the pain is more than you can bear

unless the one you love so much has disappeared.

With every day

there is progress

unless your village has been destroyed

unless there are constant knots in your stomach

unless you must flee for your life

unless you cannot find the one you love.

With every night

there is peace

peace if you can manage to get to a refuge camp

peace with one drink of water and one bowl of rice

peace if you can dismiss the cries of those around you

peace if you stop missing the ones you love.

Hope even if you have nothing?!

Progress even if you have lost all hope?!

Peace even if you have lost all you love ?!

My little hopes,

my limited progress,

my partial peace

must be enough.

Be thankful ,

and pray for others.

*

(by Christine Schoene Maccabee)

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