Tuesday, June 25, 2013



Today, The Hubs and I are off to Mayo… again. Gary completed his fourth infusion last month so now it’s time to ‘look under the hood’ to see if the cancer has turned tail and run. Of course the doctor has told us not to get our hopes up. He tells us that this particular type of cancer cannot be cured. He has warned us that the cancer spread might even get worse before we can tell if the infusions have had any affect at all.  A scary thought. Yet, I still have hope.
H. O. P. E. 
Where would we be without hope? It is a four-letter word that does its own miracle over a burdened heart. In the face of all odds, it is hope that convinces a David he can fight a Goliath. It is hope that makes the unbearable bearable. It is hope that surpasses all understanding.
So, where does hope come from? The heart? The mind? The left foot? Where does it hide until it is needed? How is it birthed?
Here’s my theory: Hope is like that tiny, red heart at Build-A-Bear. Ever been there? I’ve taken several of my grandchildren for their birthdays. It’s a special place where you can build your own stuffed animal. You choose the perfect animal from a line up on the wall, and then take the limp, stuffed-less animal to the next station where a ‘helper’ guides you as you fill your animal up with all this life-giving stuffing. And then the magic happens. After you have plumped your animal to your liking, you take this tiny heart in your hand, make a wish, kiss it, and then place it into the chest of your chosen. All is sewn up and you go home with a new best friend.
Hope is like that tiny heart. God holds it in His hand at our creation. He makes a wish and gently kisses it with holy lips and then lovingly places it within us. Then one day our faith awakens it and His wish is granted. We believe and Hope is born.
Today, if you think of it, say a prayer for my Hubs. Place your hand over your heart and think of us. I thank you in advance for your kind thoughts and prayers.

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”               
~ Ephesians 3:20

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