Category: Hope Blog

Snowdrops

March is the month when we begin to believe that the flowers will win. Winter may continue to lash out with its ice and snow; but in March, hope takes root. The flowers will win. The sun will triumph. Even on cold mornings and chilly evenings, the wind cannot help but repeat its message: “Spring is coming; all will be well. Spring is coming…” A Reminder As I sit and watch the world once more begin tumbling into its spring-time routines. I smile, remembering the impossibility that spring seemed to be just a couple of weeks ago. Buried in the…

The Coming Kingdom

How has your year been so far? It is sometimes amazing how much can happen in such a short time. How quickly a new year can grow old. Dreams, hopes and resolutions can be eroded in a day, or in just one or two sleepless nights. For those of you who have already felt pain in this new year and are looking to the months ahead wondering how you will manage to make it through, I want to draw you aside for a moment. I want you to come with me. There is a mountain peak in the book of…

The Plan

In times of vulnerability there is nothing more comforting than to be told there is a plan. I remember so well the first few days following the discovery of my daughter Colette’s brain tumor. Within twenty-four hours of first medical contact, we had fallen from “This may be bad acid reflux…” to “some kind of seizure…” to a cyst on the brain to finally a large, life-threatening tumor. It felt as if we were being led deeper and deeper into the darkness. There in the blackness, how welcome it was to hear the calm, clear directions of those wiser than…

Joy to the World

Christmas is on its way, each day drawing nearer. Ornaments are being hung, lights are being strung. One by one the radio stations are bowing to the inevitable and Christmas carols fill the air. As you listen to the songs – the majestic ones, the silly ones and the classic ones – I know there can be some songs that have a tendency to cut those who have had a year of heartache. I know that for many this past year has involved hurt. There have been setbacks. There has been loss. You have seen things, endured things, and are…

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is upon us! Recipes are being pinned, stretchy pants are being pulled out… It is truly a wonderful time of year! And still, my heart goes out to those of you who look forward to this Thursday with pain in your heart, a sinking sensation in your soul. Perhaps this is your first Thanksgiving without a loved one. Or perhaps it just feels that way in spite of the lapse of several years. Maybe you are dreading the memories that will be stirred up and the empty chair at the table. In Spite of Sorrow Every holiday holds a…