Hope At All Times

Hope At All Times!

“Clap your hands all peoples!

Shout to God with loud songs of praise!

For the Lord the Most High is to be feared,

ag great king over all the earth. Psalm 47:1-4

Yesterday afternoon time was spent with two twenty year olds, one fourteen year old, and a soon to be eighteen year old. Power was shut off in Marin, so they were playing games on my computer. All of them have journeyed with me on my journey of recovery from my shoulder injury. I remember when I could not step into a  shower because of my cast, standing outside of Matt’s home, and him spraying me with cold water in the middle of the night, and tucking me into bedding  on his floor. That memory at a time of pain, and depression, gave  me hope, and still gives me hope;

Last night I spent the night listening in  a shelter in the fire zone, where people are depressed, fearful,  and struggling with the loss or possible loss of their homes, but all hold hope, and in so doing give me hope;

Another eighteen year old friend, called and told me he had tickets for a “Rave” and invited me, he is a young man who lives on the streets, sleeps wherever, and always has hope, and in that hope, I too find hope.

Hope is what sustains us, and Fr. Henri Nouwen encourages us to hope at all times:

“It is central in the biblical tradition that God’s love for his/her people should not be forgotten. It should remain with us in the present. When everything is dark, when we are surrounded by despairing voices, when we do not see any exists, then we can find salvation in a remembered love, a love that is not simply a wistful recollection of a bygone past but a living voice that sustains us in the present. Through memory, love transcends the limits of time and offers hope at any moment of our lives.”

Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!


Fr. River Damien Sims, sfw, D.Min., D.S.T.

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164



“Safe, trustworthy relationships enable restoration. Share your life stories honestly. Letting ourselves, our emotions, desires, pains, and inner lives be seen and recognized by another graces us to live more fully and honestly. Speak like the psalmists, expressing your emotions, including anger. Speak your pain rather than holding it in.”

-Br. Luke Ditewig

“My life is based on pain, passion, and purpose..” Rep. Elijah Cummins

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