Hope – Mattea Gernentz







This poem describes the divine outpouring of hope present in all circumstances, bounding before us like a child and teaching us how to rejoice and see with fresh eyes. I asked my friends and followers on Instagram to send me recent moments of unexpected hope or joy in their lives, and I was surprised at the abundance of cherished experiences people shared. This ode is a weaving together of those images, creating a time capsule of how the Lord has been faithful even amid current sorrows and constraints. He infiltrates our everyday with radical hope.



Mattea Gernentz is a postgraduate student in Museum and Gallery Studies from Franklin, TN. She completed her undergraduate education in English literature and psychology at Wheaton College and hopes to continue her love of storytelling through the vocation of art curation. You can always find her with a cup of matcha tea and a good book!



  • Karen entered the PhD program in the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts after careers in corporate management and consulting, followed by service in pastoral, social and theatre ministry. Under the supervision of Trevor Hart, she is exploring theological and theatrical contexts of ’empty space’ and general human disposition toward it, with emphasis on improvisation and Holy Saturday. Since 2017, Karen has led or advised ITIA’s Transept group, a postgraduate student-led group of multidisciplinary practicing artists. As Editor of Transpositions, she is fostering a closer partnership between Transpositions and Transept.