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 Today's Meditation features Joyce Rupp reflecting on what keeps us going. Are you an unbeknownst angel who renews hope in another?

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MEDITATION: Joyce Rupp: November Reflections

Reflection - November 2021

Two events in November come together as hope-filled bookends. The month opens with a favorite feast of mine: All Saints. It closes with another: the Thanksgiving holiday. This year these two events especially capture my attention due to the disturbing travails that continue to cloud clear-seeing and prevent equanimity in our society. A layer of thick grief disguises itself in many as anger and blaming. For some, this moves into an even harsher direction, leading to futility and the taking of one’s life.

So I was especially grateful to come across the following Biblical story. It tells of the prophet Elijah’s dismal spirit. He’s fleeing from his enemies and has lost hope that his society will change. I thought of those whose suffering today bears down on them so intensely that they, too, lose confidence, believing like Elijah that death would be easier than remaining in their immediate situation.

“Elijah went a day’s journey into the desert, until he came to a broom tree and sat beneath it. He prayed for death, saying: “This is enough, O Lord! Take my life…” He lay down and fell asleep under the broom tree, but then an angel touched him and ordered him to get up and eat. Elijah looked and there at his head was a hearth cake and a jug of water.” (1Kings19:6)

I marvel at this unknown presence who “touched him,” bringing Elijah what sustained his life, encouraging him to go forth with restored strength for the journey:

Who are the unknown angels, the nameless,

faceless ones, who come to us unsought,

who arrive to ease our agonizing journey

through the desert of lost hope and dashed joy?

What are the hearth cakes, the jugs of water,

left there to revive our desolate spirit—

those brief encounters that only afterward

we realize the balm they have been for us?

These angels travel not with silver wings

but with compassionate, human hearts,

moved by a guided nudge from far inside,

to speak a word, leave a smile, send a message.

We are gifted with restored hope and purpose

to carry us through another day of desert,

perhaps far beyond that one precious deed

into a longed-for freedom, away what spiraled us

downward into thinking there was no reviving.

This November I invite you to consider who has entered your life to sustain your hope and renew your spirit.

Abundant peace,

© Joyce Rupp

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