Of Redemption and Hope

Redemption: (noun)

  1. an act of redeeming or atoning for a fault or mistake, or the state of being redeemed.
  2. deliverance; rescue.
  3. Theology. deliverance from sin; salvation.
  4. atonement for guilt.
  5. repurchase, as of something sold.
  6. paying off, as of a mortgage, bond, or note.


Bringing good news is imparting hope to one’s fellow man.  The idea of redmption is always good news, even if it means sacrifice or some difficult times.
– Patti Smith

Hope.  It is trust with regards to the future.  It is the expectation that what is to come is worth the hell you’re going through now.   I do not say that lightly.  I have a very uneasy relationship with hope and her kindred: love and trust.  I do none of them well, but I’m trying.  And so must you.

You are stronger than you realize.  You are more than the sum of your scars, your pain.  But do not despise the lessons they have taught you.  This, too, is strength and beauty and of great worth.

A superior blossom, you, and more than worthy of a resurgent season.  That, I promise you.

But first, you must endure the winter.



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