What does hope mean to you?

by Elizabeth Biedrzycki on August 25, 2016 in Uncategorized

Good Brunches are a series of conversations developed by an organization called Matryoshka Haus. Their purpose is to draw a diverse group of people around a common table to talk about meaningful things in healthy ways. The blog post below references the conversation that took place during the San Antonio Good Brunches around the topic of “hope.” Click here to read the intro post for Good Brunches.

“What does hope mean to you?” It can be a daunting question, especially if you have not spent much time thinking about it. I am intimidated by it, in fact. And because of that, it is intimidating to think about joining a table of people I have never met for brunch to discuss it. I think I feel that way because I am not sure what I have to offer to the conversation. But I have been reminded recently that a conversation is not about what I have to offer, necessarily. It is about sharing a moment of life with another person.

I had coffee with a couple friends several weeks ago. I showed them the topics of the Good Brunches and asked them what they thought. Earlier this year, they lost their 1-year-old son. They shared how losing him influences their perspective on hope, justice and restoration. Their journey with their son led them to experience new depths of themselves, their faith, their relationships and life in general. Everything was seen through a new lens because of their son and his time here with them.

The aftermath of losing him is a continuation of that. They live in the tension of the gratitude for the time they had with him juxtaposed with the pain of having lost him. Their perspective of hope is much different than mine, but my conversation with them gave me a new reference point. I may never share in that type of journey, but because they were open and vulnerable with me about where they receive hope, I got a glimpse into understanding hope in a whole new way.

Coming to Good Brunches may be like this for those who participate. People may think they do not have much to “offer” to the discussion. Sometimes the most valuable offering is merely sharing in a moment of life with another person. No matter who you are, what your life experiences are or what your definition of hope is, you have a place at the table.

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