Spark of Hope #104 – Making Up For What’s Lost … and Then Some

photoSpark of Hope # 104 – My Aunt Lorrie came to visit recently. She’s my mother’s youngest sibling and she’s quite the “energizer bunny” for one in her 70’s.aunt lorrie We spent time loving on mom and dad, dining at beachfront places and making home-cooked favorites. We soaked in the sights like tourists and played my favorite game of “Table Topics,” which ignited heart-felt stories, belly laughs and bittersweet tears. It was like a dose of much needed medicine. With my recent shoulder surgery, physical therapy, and caring for my elderly parents along with mom’s double hip fractures — my husband and I were running near empty. Aunt Lorrie’s visit coincided with my best friend Vicki’s visit. Between the two, I felt as though I’d been given The Blessing.  The book’s message still resonates in my heart,  some twenty years after reading it: even though people sometimes fall short  in our lives, God always  sends another to fill the void. It’s as if He’s making up for what’s lost by filling those “assigned roles” with unexpected angels. My mother hasn’t been able to be “mom” for quite awhile; Alzheimer’s has stolen that role, and more. Then, all at once — over a four-day stretch — God delivered The Blessing to me.  Together my best friend and my aunt lit up our home with unmistakable hope. Who’s been a blessing in your life? Have you given them a “thank you” hug recently? Huge Outcomes are still Possible Everyday with HOPE!

photoHope is like a spark; if the 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-like spark that says: never forget to dream, play and imagine. HOPE is the extraordinary spark that says Huge Outcomes are Possible Everyday!

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