Darkness set in, yet the digging continued.
Darkness set in, yet we stayed awake waiting for updates.
Darkness set in, yet the light that distinguishes us from all other life burned bright.
Hope is what spurs the rescuers on.
Hope that they will find yet one more survivor to add to the 101 who have been dug out by hand since yesterday's storm.
Hope that a child may yet be found alive in a void in the wreckage that remains of Plaza Towers.
Hope will keep us glued to the news today and in the days to come.
Hope will tell the fatigue in the rescuers muscles, the exhaustion in their minds to take a hike.
Hope will turn ordinary citizens into rescuers. Hope will allow strangers to turn their backs on their own loss in order to help another. Hope will galvanize a community, a state, a nation, a globe.
Hope will find survivors amid the rubble, and hope will be what also finds further loss of life. Hope will give joy today, but it will also give grief. But in that grief, there will ultimately come closure.
Hope is our greatest asset. It is why, even in the face of repeated hardship, trauma, devastation, loss of life, and unimaginable horrors, we the people survive, reach out, rebuild, and move forward.
Because with each breath we are able to take, we cannot help but breathe in life.
And as long as we have life, as long as we have our humanity, we have what insures our survival: HOPE.