The Project Quilting Challenge this week is to construct a quilt inspired by the phrase: “Hope springs eternal.”
Alexander Pope’s complete statement in the Essay of Man was: “Hope springs eternal in the human breast.” While the season of spring is hopeful and holds many obvious symbols, I immediately went to a human context.
In the most dire of circumstances, a prisoner interned in a Nazi concentration camp because of his Jewish heritage used the wall of the cell to scratch a poem whose start is familiar:
“I believe in the sun
even when it is not shining
And I believe in love,
even when there’s no one there.
And I believe in God,
even when he is silent.”
The poem goes beyond this familiar start, and I believe the next line to be the most hopeful of sentiments: “I believe through any trial, there is always a way.” This was my inspiration.…