Spark of Hope #40 – Up and Over with Hope!

Spark of Hope #40 – During my recent book tour to Arizona, I had the pleasure of riding in the backseat as my co-author Bob Deits, and his wife June, guided me over to the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute for a visit. The desert landscape was quite striking. It was dry and seemingly lifeless in one area, then vibrant with life-blooming flowers and trees in another. As we passed by “camel back mountain,” it occurred to me that our lives are just like the ups and downs of that mountain. June and Bob are a great example. With 60 years of marriage they’ve surely had their ups and downs, and they clearly know how to navigate each direction with love, faith and hope. Some might see our ride to the research institute as a “down” moment, but we were filled “up” with excitement and optimism. Afterall, Huge Outcomes are Possible Everyday–even in the midst of Alzheimer’s! 

Camel Back Mountain – Up and Over with Hope!

Hope is like a spark; if conditions are right, it can spread like wildfire. Hope feeds the soul, ignites passion and inspires  others. Tucked inside each of us is a child that says: Never forget to dream, play and imagine. HOPE is the extraordinary spark that says Huge Outcomes are Possible Everyday.

2 thoughts on “Spark of Hope #40 – Up and Over with Hope!”

  1. I keep coming back to this verse day by day when I see my mother.
    “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. ” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 .

    The camel’s back ( the ups and downs) is ever before us right now with Alzheimer’s. Some days good and some days bad. We cling to your hope for a new place with new breakthroughs and the camel’s back out of view. God tells us our sufferings are but momentary and I believe Him but we still pray and hope for the breakthroughs so others may not have to face the burdens of this disease.

    1. Bill,
      I long for that day of breakthrough even more, now that God has me walking closer and closer to those suffering. It is the helplessness that is most painful. Yet, I see the result of collective efforts…the spark of hope, the smallest miracle, and the acts of love. It’s then that I believe I’m given a glimpse of Heaven. The journey “home” is bitter sweet.

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