My vision is limited when I am in pain or suffering or clouded in the darkness. For anyone who has been through that darkness and emerged with more strength and perseverance, you know that feeling of hope. The hibernation of fall reminds me each year to look inward and listen to the call of restlessness and movement within, either warranted or uninvited. Any lingering unsettled feelings bring me to this inner call. I need so desperately to learn how to hope more completely in all those little bits of life scattered through my days. Whatever big or little pains I notice or feel throughout my days, I must bring some light to those dark shadows. Feeling each invited guest and releasing it after finished is an exercise that takes perseverance and faith, reminding me of one of my favorite Scriptures: “We also rejoice in our suffering because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; character, hope.” (Romans 5:3-4 ) Faith is hope realized.