Why hope breathes?

Pull up a chair, make a cup of tea and breathe. Breathe in goodness, hope and joy to your own soul. Breathe out love and seek justice for our people and places: our families, neighbourhoods and world.

As we walk through our world of beauty and brokenness, we are discovering the importance of breathing in and breathing out. We don’t want to turn away from the pain, but in the hurt and injustice we also don’t want to forget the small miracles. Here we hope to tell some of these stories, to remind ourselves that Hope is alive and breathing.

We have hope that the whole cosmos will be redeemed, that all brokenness will be mended, that light will fully extinguish the dark, that love reconciles all things. We want to be contemplative; to pause and connect with ourselves and with God, who is in everything. As we breathe in we learn to be who He has created us to be with all our quirks and flaws. We also desire to partner with God and join in with restoration, to actively collaborate with the divine dance and to anticipate hope. Breathing out can be listening to the lonely, restoring green spaces, advocating for a refugee, nourishing our families.

We are learning to balance the breathing in and out, the contemplative and the activist. We continually come back to the call to ‘Act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God’ (Micah 6:8). This place is our invitation to join us on the journey, learning to live as contemplative activists and pursuing hope.

Posts to get you started:

Contemplation: Five ways to breathe in

Activism: Five ways to breathe out