Saturday, March 6, 2010

Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark. ~George Iles

 SundaysinmyCity Every week

I drive the streets of Philly.

Not the pretty streets in Center City.

Not the Artsy streets down town.

The streets I drive are sad and dismal.

Desolate.philadelphiaOften there is a feeling of hopelessness

heavy in the air.philadelphia 3

At the end of this day though,

as I was getting to drive home to my muffins,

I saw this beautiful church.

And I saw hope.

May there always be hope.

In my city.

And in yours.

philadelphia 2

‘Once you choose hope, anything's possible.’

~Christopher Reeve

sinday-citar-button philadelphia 4 philadelphia 5 And in other news:

Little Sweet Baby Katelyn

celebrated her 2nd Birthday.

I love her (and her scrunched up nose)

right up to the moon.

 

Do you ever drive to the not so nice parts of the big city near you?

Do you wonder how it can ever get better?

I wonder every day.

59 comments:

Puna said...

I do drive the dismal streets though not often. And when I do, I admit I drive fast and pray. I don't look left or right. I will perhaps from now on:) Happy Sunday to you sweetie!

Sarah said...

I love the first three pictures! I DO! We used to go to church downtown (Atlanta) and would see some of the not so nice parts and I often wondered what I could possibly do to make it better. Or actually what I could do to help even one person who lived in those parts.

lifebythecreek said...

You and Becca (do you know Becca from The Stanley Clan? I can't remember, but I think you do).You both have a way of finding the rose in the midst of the thorn bush. And of helping the rest of us to look past the unknown and scary to see the beautiful. I am finding, as I hang around "with" both of you, that there is more joy in the places we call "hopeless" than in many of the "finer" areas. Perhaps, when the homes aren't stuffed quite so full of "things", joy, hope and peace have a better chance of getting in the door.
hugs....

Pam D said...

Oh... and Happy 2nd Birthday to adorable Katelyn! She is very lucky to be a part of your family!

Marla said...

All we can do is hope... This was a beautiful post. :)

Living on the Spit said...

I am sitting here in tears...I love you so much...you know that. I am thanking you for this post from the face of homelessness and hopelessness. You know where I have come from and where I have been...where I stand today and had it not been for the encouragement of people like you, I would not be where I currently am. Sure, things are far from perfect, there are daily struggles, there is rain, and there is sunshine, but...today I am peaceful in knowing I can get through anything. I too, am reminded of the plight of despair on a daily basis and I never forget to offer a smile and a friendly hello...I remember that somedays that was the only human voice I heard the whole day. THe simple things mean the most.

Brian Miller said...

happy birthday to the little. cure nose. smiles.

and there will always be hope, we just have to look for it...nice pics and nice message.

Kristina P. said...

This was so great and thought provoking.

Wilde said...

Thank you for this beautiful post. So affirming. I've taught for 6 years in a lock-up high school where street kids, wards of the state, and kids in drug/alcohol rehab have gotten a second chance to get out of the bad parts, gangs, etc. They need so much hope and patience and love. Like you, I always wonder. Then, when I read "Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire" or "The Essential 55," or hear my students say, "Preach it, sista!" I think things can get better if we always hope, and do something. Yes, your post did something. Thank you.

LadyFi said...

Without hope, what is left?

Beautiful post and photos!

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

Thank God for the churches that bring hope and togetherness in this time.

Katelyn is a doll! I loved the Elmo themed party!

Catherine Anne said...

GREAT post!!!

Ocean Girl said...

I love your pictures, and your quotations. And your baby, I'll meet you on the moon:)

Happy Sunday.

Sonya said...

Wonderful post this week! I really love the photos..hope is something we all cling to..

Marilyn said...

I wonder every day too. There is hope. Hey girl, to the moon and back.

mimbles said...

On Friday night I stood, with my dad and my daughter, waiting in the rain to cross the road on our way to a Sing-a-long screening of The Sound of Music at a beautiful old theatre in the center of Sydney. Beside us, sitting on the footpath in the rain, was a homeless man begging for money.

It was...confronting.

BLOGitse said...

Without hope there's no life...

About commenting: people who I really want to read and understand my message they ignore it.
Too many do not care, they live in their own me.me.me world.

I'm happy you're happy to play with your plus other kids!
And your photos are great - as always! :)
See you meme'ing again in April! :)

Take care, have fun!

BLOGitsePHOTOS

Raymonde said...

I love those pictures, hope and faith are so intertwined, and I am not talking about empty church buildings, I am talking about people wanting to make a difference, your photos are making a difference, they are beautiful and we will lift that area in prayer. Have a beautiful week! xxx

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

You make even the dismal streets look beautiful!!

Happy Bday to Miss Katelyn:)

Enjoy your Sunday!

Lisa

ria said...

u know i was actually looking at the pics of the streets and thinking id like to go there just so i could see for myself. There is some intesting spark that shows in your pics.
Happy birthday wishes to miss katelyn aswell
thanks for sharing in sim this week
http://affamilycabral.blogspot.com/

Busy Bee Suz said...

I am very sympathtic to those less fortunate. I hurt for those with no hope.
YOU are helping those who need it the most and that warms my heart and gives me more hope for those kids.
I love these quotes R!
I love your flashing header!

Frau said...

I know you say it's the depressing side of the city but your pictures really bring out the beauty in the everyday real world. Have a wonderful Sunday!

Grandma J said...

Happy birthday to sweet Katelyn! I love how you capture the feeling in the city. Hope is right up there with Faith!

The photos of the men in your life are fantastic. I can see and feel the love.

Kara @ His, Hers and Ours said...

And hope is a wonderful thing to have. Wonderful post.

Happy Birthday Sweet Katelyn!!

Maggie May said...

Hope ....... the little light at the end of the tunnel.

Nuts in May

Multiple personalities.. said...

I love these photos. Yes, I have often driven through some of the not-so-nice parts, and my heart is filled with both sadness and hope, hope that change will come. Thanks for sharing these, they are very moving!

Adoption of Jane said...

Happy Bday Katelyn!! Yup the city streets can be dismal.. but the light shining in the church is Awesome!

Chrystal said...

Wow. I love your photos. I've had some really great times in Philly over the years and you've just brought the city to life, here. And I used to call places like that home, only in DC. I can only hope I did enough.

Thank you so much for visiting my spot on the planet and for leaving such kind words behind. I truly feel honored.

JennyMac said...

Amazing moving post, R.

And Happy Bday too to Little Miss Cutie.

BeckeyZ said...

hmmm...I live in one of the not-so-nice parts of my town...so yes, I drive the streets quite often. But I still love it. It's home, for now at least.

I love your photographs here - and hope, yes, there is always hope. I have to believe that.

Lee Ann said...

Thankyou for sharing this beautiful post x

She Writes said...

Love old churches... And birthday grils :).

Unknown Mami said...

Hope has been the theme of the week for me. There is beauty everywhere, even in the most dismal of places.

Joanna Jenkins said...

What a thought provoking SIMC-- Your pics are stunning and sad at the same time.

Wishing Miss Katelyn a very happy 2nd birthday filled with hope and joy and love.

jj

Sarah @ When two becomes three... said...

Hi Beckz! This was a very powerful post. It made me feel that gratitude that I sometimes forget to feel about everything that I am blessed with. I too wonder about those that are less fortunate. It makes me realize just how much less we can live with and it snaps it back into perspective. But I am firm believer in strong will - where there is a will there is a way. I feel very fortunate to live in Canada as we have some incredible government assistance and a very giving population,

idgtm said...

A wonderful photo journal of real life for most.

Mrs4444 said...

I agree with Frau; your pics bring out the beauty in the most cheerless places.

Mrs4444 said...

Oh, and BTW, it is looking GORGEOUS in here...

Baloney said...

There is a part of my city that cannot even sustain a grocery store. Gets robbed too much.
So sad for the other members of the community struggling to make ends meet and living honestly.
I used to drive through there to see one of the family's I worked with on the autism pilot program our state ran for 2 years.
Depressing.

Erin said...

Hope is a powerful thing!

And happy birthday Katelyn!!

Anita Johnson said...

Thanks to a member of our church who drives through a depressing part of Milwaukee, we are now partnering with an outreach program there to help improve that community. I would have never seen it for myself and I'm glad he didn't turn away from this opportunity.

Jason, as himself said...

I appreciate people like you who take the time to drive through the bad parts of town in an effort to make the world a better place.

I'd love to hear more details about your job.

Kimmy said...

You know, I do however, I avoid them, for safety reasons. It's scary but also sad that people live in these circumstances. Some choose to while others struggle to escape. I just wish everyone in this world saw the hope you saw in that beautiful church so that maybe it wouldn't be so sad in these areas.

I tagged you on my latest post! Come see when you have a chance :o)

Have a great rest of your day!!

Matty said...

I rarely need to drive into Philly. If I do, it's usually via the main roads and I don't see the inner city parts. Although I'm not impervious to it and have seen my share, it's been quite a while since I've been to the inside.

ρομπερτ said...

What an amazing site you call your own. Love the header and its content.
Interesting also to see pictures from your place, which aren't in much contrast of those seen here in Athens, Greece. (Labeled with "my secret street" upon the Daily Athens site.)
Reaching such areas indeed made life a bit "uneasy" for me, being able to return home in the evening, yet it somehow pulls me back, trying to find its beauty and calling hope, to make a change for the better.
Please have a wonderful start into the new week you all.

Paige said...

What a beautiful post! I love finding the unexpected in places. Just stopping by from SITS to say hello. Have a great week!

Tracey Axnick said...

There's always hope, honey.... always, always, always. I had a (not-so-close) encounter with a meth addict yesterday (wrote about it on my blog).... and I've been thinking about her all day. I have hope for her, even though we didn't interact directly. She is someone's daughter... maybe someone's mom.

I think of Jesus... hanging out with the outcasts... those who had lost hope... those who society had cast aside. I wish I could be more like him.

The work you do is important. YOU bring hope to people. And that's a beautiful thing!

Dawn said...

what a beautiful church... i love old churches... not any here in my corner of florida! everything seems new and shiny... not any great old history.

Spencer L Casey said...

Reeve is correct. Hope must be chosen. Hope can't happen to us. We must create it, will it into being, and then nurture it until its own traction throws us forward down the road we want to take.

Great post.

Cheers,

SLC

Shelle said...

This is the most depressing thing on earth to see... people supressed, no food or shelter. It's been my husbands and mine prayer that we may somehow help...and we're hoping God is going to do something mighty this year. I just feel this year is the one.

I hope one day I'll live in India and have a place to feed the hungry there.

Becca said...

Oh you know I'm there all the time - thanks for sharing a little glimpse of hope in the midst of it! :-) It can get overwhelming sometimes - I cant believe I'm going to live there haha

septembermom said...

Beautiful quote! Your pictures so often give me hope about the beauty and resilience of humanity. Thank you!

Justine said...

What a poignant post but with a beautiful ending.

I don't think there are any bad areas of Saint Augustine, but I know there are some in Jacksonville, that's for sure!

Justine :o )

Fresh Mommy said...

So, so, so good!!! We have many streets in Flint, MI that I drive daily that are so dismal. But thank God there is always HOPE!!! I LOVE that quote!

:)

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

What a neat look at the city, thanks for sharing.

jaime said...

What great photos. I love the church picture.

christy rose said...

What a beautiful post! there is always hope!!!!!

Elle Bee said...

Your photographs are exquisite. They have an ethereal quality about them that makes even the "dismal" ones look like art.

- dls - said...

YOU totally made my day yesterday with your sweet comments! =)

And this blog post title is going on my desk today at work - "hope" is powerful.