Some song lyrics come to mind in thinking about this week’s platform talk: “I’ll bring you hope, when hope is hard to find; and I’ll bring a song of love, and a rose in the wintertime.” “Just remember in the winter, far beneath the bitter snows / Lies the seed, that with the sun’s love in the spring becomes the rose.”
Hope in the wintertime — when here in the north, the leaves have fallen, most live trees look at a glance no different from dead trees, live roses no longer delight our eyes on outdoor shrubs, the tulips of spring are far away. An optimistic person believes that spring will come — literally, and metaphorically. A hopeful person believes that spring may come — if we do our part. Cover the rose bushes to protect from a hard freeze, plant the tulips and trim the trees during previous years.
The difference between optimism and hope is that, if we are people of hope, we are doing our part towards the future we believe is possible. Interim Clergy Leader Jone Johnson Lewis reflects on our monthly theme of hope: what it means to be a person of hope, and what it means to be a community of hope.
Our speaker, Jone Johnson Lewis, is serving as the Interim Clergy Leader of Brooklyn Ethical. She has been an Ethical Culture Leader for 26 years and shares the Society’s interests in both social justice and personal and interpersonal transformation.
Music by DuPree, accompanied by Barry Kornhauser.