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A Place of Sweet Release



Buried in the back of a busy tourist-laden lane,

nestled in a cove just off the marshy grass,

sits a small and simple chapel.


Ivy tendrils cover every inch of available space,

color so vivid it could have been painted

using a bowl full of smashed sugar peas.


Water laps at both shoulders,

A pungent bite of salt at the left and

crisp fresh water to the right.

A taste of both worlds.


Gentle breezes fuel the air,

A constant battle of warmth and cool

Like a single strand of hair that won’t relent.


An abandoned boat floats in the distance,

quietly waiting for the return of its owner.

A pelican soaks in a nearby fountain

floating to and fro.


A man sauntered off the cobblestone path and,

slowly made his way through the arched doorway.

He removed his cap and attempted to carve out a

comfortable patch on the rock hard bench.


He laid down his heavy load,

more like cut it loose; set it free

I heard it hit the floor.

He blew a sigh of relief that sounded

like the whistle of a train; long and loud.


He found something there in that quiet place,

worth more to him than buckets full of legal tender.


He glimpsed a beam of golden light that

pushed its way through a small crack,

and was captivated and enlightened.


He found his Holy Grail,

A place to lay his burdens

to sit peacefully and untangle the deep webs within his soul.


It felt as freeing as unbuttoning his pants after an enormous,

sumptuous banquet—a sweet release.


He knew,

this too shall pass.


Debbie Hope (Full of Hope)




Do you remember the moment when your life changed?

There’s a moment– one single moment, when everything changes. 

Maybe it’s a look, a tear, a word, a feeling, a birth, a fear, a joy, a prayer, a wedding, a goodbye. Whatever it is, it matters.

Think about these moments, relish in these moments, move past these moments, breathe in these moments, forget these moments. 

Savor them, steal them, make them count, cherish them, grasp them, chase them, let go of them, hold on to them, feel them, value them, and ultimately understand that you will run out of them.  String each one together-carefully.

Each incredibly unique moment leads to the next. One day you will look back and see a life filled with amazing blessings, sprinkled with a dusting of Grace that only God can provide. 

They are precious, use them wisely.  They will be gone in the blink of your life.

Debbie Hope
Full of Hope

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