War ravishes parts of the world this Easter season with many summoning “the peace that passeth all understanding” (Philippians 4:7)—a peace possible through Jesus Christ. He lives, and so will the earth and all its people rise again from ashes.
Until then, Spring has me looking for bits of hope among the chaos. I found plenty throughout the pieces selected for this journal and think you will, too.
First, could there be anything more hopeful than the vibrant textile art by featured artist, Maryna Lukach? A Ukrainian citizen and Church member, Lukach currently produces art to the tune of airstrikes. Read the interview between Linda and her new sister saint, whose family now shelters in her art studio in Kyiv. In her preface, learn of Linda’s timely find of Maryna.
Next, enjoy a selection of poetry curated by Assistant Poetry Editor, Melonie Cannon, where each pieces speaks to hope in different ways. In “Bomb Shelter,” Mary Ann Taylor yearns for peace while, in “Swordplay,” Alixa Brobbey fears her own silence amidst a rising desire to act. In our third poem, “Along the Kalakaua Frontage Road,” Heidi Naylor recalls the child in each of us.
Finally, I extracted a fitting essay from the archives. In “Stone and Sand,” Segullah’s Melonie Cannon explains how collecting stones connects her to Christ.
May the hope you discover in these offerings remind you of the peace that is ever possible.