“There is a hope that is more / than a fool’s paradise,” this poem begins, highlighting the powerful spiritual basis for “strength, peace, and renewal” that can’t be lost.

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There is a hope that is more
than a fool’s paradise, crossed
fingers, or a maybe brighter day
with darkness close behind; a
hope that can’t waft away like a
balloon lost hold of, soon a tiny
speck, then altogether gone.

This hope doesn’t mock the
undesigning desire; the hope
whose wellspring is God, Love,
lifts us above what seem like
sinking odds, to the cloudless
promise of pure spiritual goodness
– our one true reality.

Here we are held as children of
God, whose love is worthy of
our surefire trust, doubt-free.

Now we eagerly, alertly welcome
the vision of genuine hope, urging
us to take hold of all that is ours
because God-given: the appearing
of sweet strength, peace, and renewal
never to vanish.

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About a year ago, I happened upon this statement about the Monitor in the Harvard Business Review – under the charming heading of “do things that don’t interest you”:

“Many things that end up” being meaningful, writes social scientist Joseph Grenny, “have come from conference workshops, articles, or online videos that began as a chore and ended with an insight. My work in Kenya, for example, was heavily influenced by a Christian Science Monitor article I had forced myself to read 10 years earlier. Sometimes, we call things ‘boring’ simply because they lie outside the box we are currently in.”

If you were to come up with a punchline to a joke about the Monitor, that would probably be it. We’re seen as being global, fair, insightful, and perhaps a bit too earnest. We’re the bran muffin of journalism.

But you know what? We change lives. And I’m going to argue that we change lives precisely because we force open that too-small box that most human beings think they live in.

The Monitor is a peculiar little publication that’s hard for the world to figure out. We’re run by a church, but we’re not only for church members and we’re not about converting people. We’re known as being fair even as the world becomes as polarized as at any time since the newspaper’s founding in 1908.

We have a mission beyond circulation, we want to bridge divides. We’re about kicking down the door of thought everywhere and saying, “You are bigger and more capable than you realize. And we can prove it.”

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