Snapshots & Whatnot: Hope & Beauty

The rampant senseless violence in our whacked out world today overwhelms my heart. My prayers are with the people of El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH and everyone suffering from violence everywhere. As posted here recently (#LOVEFORVB Love for Va. Beach) it’s hard to know what to do when hate and violence decimate lives and communities.

Keep in mind that hope is a noun and a verb.

To hope and to bring hope to others.

“Ordinary acts of love and hope point to the extraordinary promise that every human life is of inestimable value.” Archbishop Desmond Tutu

“I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.” Anne Frank

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all the darkness.” Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Hope is a verb that moves us (and others) toward the Light. Love is a verb that dissipates hate. Let’s keep hoping and sharing the kind of Love that enlightens the darkness of hate.

grace, peace & Hope


“Love casts out fear.” Dorothy Day

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8 Responses to Snapshots & Whatnot: Hope & Beauty

  1. arlene says:

    Violence is everywhere but beauty still reigns. Nice photos Virginia.

    • Virginia says:

      Thanks Arlene – Sometimes we have to look hard to find roses of love hidden in the rubble around us, but God is with us even in the darkest of times. Blessings & hugs πŸŒΉπŸ€—πŸŒΉ

  2. Michelle says:

    Beautiful photos! The news of both of these breaks my heart. It’s so sad that this keeps happening. People keep yelling gun control, but it’s the people we need to fix. There’s practically no good help for any type of mental illnesses any more. Plus people keep pushing God out of everything. It’s a scary sad world we’re living in now.

    • Virginia says:

      Michelle – Amen! We need to encourage, foster, build, propagate a culture of love that dissipates hate in the minds of perpetrators of violence and everyone, really. We are in a messy world, but we’re in it together. Maybe we can change things if we come together & share God’s love for everyone with everyone! Blessings πŸ™πŸŒŸπŸ€—πŸŒŸπŸ™

  3. Debbie says:

    We each have a responsibility to start the healing … in our own little corners of the world. Too often, we think we’re small and insignificant, but God has assured us we’re not. And prayer is a mighty force for good, if we’ll only get down on our knees!!

    • Virginia says:

      Amen, Debbie. Wherever we are we can be conduits God’s love for everyone to everyone we encounter. It’s a choice to hope, to love, and to be peace in the face of violence & hatred. I’m with you – prayer (the on our knees kind) is what makes healing & courage possible… πŸ™πŸŒŸπŸŒΉπŸŒŸπŸ™

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