1 Peter 1:3-9; John 11: 21-27
Affirming Hope Affirming Hope

Cross the Sea by Naomi Shihab Nye

A girl in Gaza

Speaks into a table microphone:

Do you believe in infinity?

If so, what does it look like to you?


Not like a wall

Not like a soldier with a gun

Not like a ruined house

Bombed out of being

Not like concrete wreckage

Of a school’s good hope

A clinics best dream

In fact not like anything

Imposed upon you and your family

Thus far

In your precious thirteen years.


Infinity would be

The never-ending light

You deserve

Every road opening up in front of you.

Soberly she nods her head.


In our time voices cross the sea


But sense is still difficult to come by.


Next girl’s question:

Were you ever shy?



Remembrance by Laurry Legarde

The Raising of  Lazarus by Carl Heinrich Bloch