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#356: Offering Hope

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

When it comes to helping others, we may think we have nothing to offer but we would be wrong in thinking that. Sure, we can offer a kind word when appropriate or run errands or do chores for someone unable to do them for themselves.

But what about the bigger picture of life?

Scores of people today are lonely and discouraged and have a simple wish for someone to talk to, someone to encourage them, to lift their spirits and help them realize that life and people are generally good. They desperately want someone to tell them that the problems we all encounter day to day will pale in significance to the grander life that awaits us after we pass on.

There was a program run by Tide, the laundry detergent company, that offered a donation for every yellow-topped container of Tide purchased. The money went to mobile semis that toured ravaged areas and washed people's clothes for them. One woman who benefited from this generosity was quoted as saying, "You don't know how good it feels to have clean clothes."

But think how much better it will feel if we give eternal hope to those in despair. How can anyone look at the miracles of life that surround us every moment of our lives and believe that life occurred by accident? How can it be a coincidence that every being's organs, for example, are always in the same place in their body? Sure there are rare exceptions of unusually split genes, but we do not have some people or animals running around with their hearts where others' livers are or with their eyes where some have their tails.

Even in the beauty of nature we see brilliantly colored flowers that are all the same -- roses are roses, gladiolas are gladiolas and don't have rose petals and so on through the world of nature.

We look to the heavens and see stars and planets in their relative places every night. The Big Dipper does not suddenly switch places with Orion one evening.

With such miracles surrounding us every minute of our lives, is it too hard a stretch to believe there is a grand plan behind our lives? We may not know what it is right now, but knowing something greater awaits us will help us better handle the tribulations of our lives.

It is this message of hope that so many people wait to hear. They want to know their lives on earth were not lived in vain and that there is an alternative to living with worries and despair.

We can not see the glory of a rainbow if we do not lift our eyes to the skies. And, we can not feel the glory built inside each of us if we do not help others when we have the chance to do so.

Maybe that help is offering directions to a physical location. More often, though, that help is likely to be to offer directions to a more hopeful life.
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    Hi Lou, Another emoticon blog, my brother. Thank you.
    3904 days ago
    Wow, I don't even know how to respond! That was beautiful, it was wonderful. It was like you were reading my mind! I feel the same way and just can not fathom how some people just live their lives day by day and never notice the MIRACLE around them..
    thanks so very much foe sharing
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    3904 days ago
    emoticon Blog Amen!
    3904 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5178852
    What a gift it is to share Hope and Encouragement! I just got home from visiting neighbours and it was a nice 'sharing' evening of listening and comforting.

    What a blessing we can be to one another....
    3904 days ago
    A wonderful blog, Lou. Yes, for anyone who has been through a tragedy such as a hurricane, tornado, flood, fire, etc., and has recieved help from any of the agencies who offer assistance, we know what a blessing it is. And yet how much greater blessing to share God's love and remind them of the hope that we have through Jesus Christ?

    As always, your blog has touched my heart. Thank you.
    3904 days ago
    Oh, Lou! Had I missed THIS blog, I would have cheated myself out of a blog to SAVE! THIS is what I needed a week or so before when I was so angry at God! THIS was what I needed that same day when I thought He wasn't listening to my heart, and had maybe forsaken me. I'm saving this blog. I loved it. Your friend, Lori
    3904 days ago
  • SPARKIE1964
    Thank you for sharing all of us your message of hope. We are all looking for a purpose to this life we lead. You would be correct that many need a friend to talk to. SP is a community that offers people an opportunity to find that inspiration virtually. What an incredible place this is.
    3905 days ago
    So true Lou!!!

    Another great blog!!!

    3905 days ago
  • no profile photo YW84FRIDAY
    Nice blog, Lou. You're always right on target...

    3905 days ago
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    My parents were without communication or power for two weeks - We didn't know if they had survived from Katrina. It then took another 3 or 4 months to get power back, which included water, etc. It would have been nice for Tide to go there, but they didn't. At least the people there now have Hope, and I think everlasting Hope, as do I.
    3905 days ago
    That was so uplifting, Lou. Thank you so much for your insightful thoughts. We were only a week without power/water after Katrina, but I can tell you that sweating in temps and humidity percentages in the upper 90s range, with no water, no idea when you will be able to get water, makes for a lot of changes of clothing. I would literally wring out my nightshirt in the morning. Once we got power back, I just burned my sheets. We'd all stayed in my bedroom and I was sorely tempted to throw the very mattress away after we'd sweated on it for a week. The blessed feeling of cool water from the shower was heavenly. When the next town over got power we rushed there to find the one laundromat and the line was around the block and town the street already. What a blessed thing for Tide to do! I can so appreciate how much it meant to those who were unable to do laundry for themselves. How much more so when we are refreshed and cleansed by the washing of the water of the word, huh? Hallelujah!!
    3905 days ago
    Awesome blog, Thanks for sharing Lou!
    3905 days ago
    Very nice words. Thanks.
    3905 days ago
    There is so much we can offer in this area - sometimes just an attentive listening ear. I think for each person to look skyward, and down toward the earth that supports us, to walk in quiet and listen to the sounds of birds and the breeze is to restore our balance. If our outlook and balance is healthy, it can naturally be passed on to others needing our support.

    Thank you for the lovely blog today.

    3905 days ago
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