The space we inhabited when our precious loved ones, Josh, Shane, and Sarah, were held hostage by the Iranian regime, was a space of immense pain, loss, fear. A dark, oppressive cloud hovered in the air between us and their cells in Evin prison, hovered around us every second of every day, making it difficult to breathe, threatening to stifle the flames within us.
When we couldn’t speak to or write to them, we posted our love online for the world to see, and hoped it would travel to their hearts in their prison cells in Iran. We hoped it would tell them that we were fighting for them with every cell in our hearts, minds, and bodies; that it would hold them and ourselves together; that it would bring them home.
It was our “hope in the darkness”. I dedicate this song, "Ghosts That We Knew" by Mumford & Sons, to freethehikers.org and every beautiful soul who created it and made it the beautiful, powerful place it was in the darkest of times.