Hope for Today


The darkness enveloped and a chill met me as I rose from my cozy bed and walked to the bathroom.  A gloom settled around me as thoughts of the coronavirus crowded my mind.  With determination, I did my morning bathroom chores…brush teeth…get dressed…put on make-up…swish & swipe toilet, sink, mirror…shoes, socks.

The fragrance of coffee met me as I entered the kitchen.  How great to have a timer on the coffee machine!  I grabbed my cup, filled it.  Next, my morning routines…open blinds, empty dishwasher, start diffuser (Citrus Fresh…what a happy start to the day), turn on CD player (remember those?) with the “New Boys” album, He Reigns. 

Sun through trees Turning, I noticed sunshine beaming through the kitchen windows. The sun came up again today. Is that a beam of joy entering my heart?

“As we lift up our hands, will you meet us hear? …God of mercy and grace…only you the heavens declare…Holy, holy is our God Almighty…Holy, holy is his name alone…” Jesus.

Peace and joy trickle in my dark heart and mind.  I felt the darkness splintering, shattering by HOPE.  Jesus still is in control.  He still holds me in his hands.

Before ever the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to lasting, thou art God.  Psalms 90:2

My God is not surprised or overwhelmed by COVID-19.   It is not out of His control.  He is still God…He is on his throne, reigning in majesty and strength.  I am not out of his care. How did I forget that?

Today, I choose HOPE.  I choose the eternal HOPE…I choose  Jesus!

Today, what will you choose?  Choose hope!  Choose Jesus!


About bjdonaldson

I'm an average woman who enjoys reflecting on life, writing poetry and ponderings, and having a good laugh. DIY, baking, and cycling are fun, too. If you visited me, I'd invite you in for a cup of coffee and a little chat. I am a Literacy Coach, Reading Specialist, and former classroom and Reading Recovery teacher at an elementary school. Getting up in the morning is not hard; I still love making a difference in the lives of children and teachers.

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  1. I too joined SOLSC late. I’ve participated personally and as a teacher inviting students to write as well for years. But moving, leaving the classroom, and starting a doctoral program has changed things tremendously.

    Yesterday, I reached out to the group of gals who began blogging in 7th grade and invited them to write these final days of the month with me. So we’re writing.

    Your post – it so perfectly captures the routines that anchor us and that help provide a sense of normalcy in these otherwise chaotic times. I find the simple act of showering and getting ready – despite having nowhere to go – calms me.

    I love the way you weave the routines in with the unexpected brightness and the power of the lyrics. Without faith during this time, I would be completely lost. Thank you so much for sharing!

    Despite commenting through my wordpress account, I am slicing here:

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    • I am glad that you are writing again, too. It seems to be a way to work out some of ponderings.

      It is awesome that you have friends with whom you blog. I think that must be such a gift. Thank you for the kind words, and, I agree that without faith we’d all be lost.


  2. I couldn´t quite put my finger on what I wanted to say in response to your slice, but one of the comments above said it so well. The tasks that you perform as you start your day, even with a heavy mood. (I wake up with the same sadness.) Yet, I do the same. Why, I ask myself, are you putting on concealer, lipstick and the mascara that you love (why not save it?) But I do it for the same reason you do. I love your photo and agree that the sunshine is a gift for the weary. Thank you for the beautiful and hopeful scripture. Your piece moved me. Thank you.

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