Where do you stand?

Gates of HopeVictoria Safford wrote an article called The Gates of Hope for The Nation back in 2004.  These words stuck with us:

“Our mission is to plant ourselves at the gates of hope — not the prudent gates of Optimism, which are somewhat narrower; nor the stalwart, boring gates of Common Sense; nor the strident gates of Self-Righteousness, which creak on shrill and angry hinges (people cannot hear us there; they cannot pass through); nor the cheerful, flimsy garden gate of ‘Everything Is Gonna Be All Right.’ But a different, sometimes lonely place, of truth-telling about your own soul first of all and its condition, the place of resistance and defiance, from which you see the world both as it is and as it could be, as it will be; the place from which you glimpse not only struggle but joy in the struggle.  And we stand there, beckoning and calling, telling people what we’re seeing, asking them what they see.”

Where do you stand today?  What do you see from that gate?  What is it keeping in and what is it keeping out?

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