Jennie’s Hope
 

For a few years now, I have worn a ring on my right hand.  It’s not always the same ring but it’s always a ring that has words or a symbol on it so that when I look at it, I’m encouraged or reminded of something important.    I have made a habit of buying rings like this whenever I see one in a store.  Sometimes I give them away as gifts or to someone like Jennie.

I first met Jennie in the hospital waiting room and we had talked several times.  One night I sat down beside her and asked how her son was doing because I knew that he was in very critical condition.  He was on a respirator and still in a coma.   She told me that she didn’t know what to do anymore because it seemed none of the news from the doctors was good.  They weren’t at all sure her son was going to survive the accident that had hurt him so badly.  With tears in her eyes she said, “They’re taking away my hope.”

I knew then that it was more than just a coincidence that I was wearing the ring that I had on that day.  As she continued to talk, I quietly reached down and slipped the ring off of my finger and placed it in Jennie’s hand.  I told her to wear it to remember that God loved her and He would be with her through all of this.  When Jennie looked down at the ring, she gasped and then held it tightly, for the word written on the ring was …”HOPE”

The last day I was at the hospital, I saw Jennie in the distance as I got on the elevator.  She waved and held up the hand with the ring on it as she called out to me saying,
“Look, I still have hope!”

By
Pamela R. Blaine
© 2003
 

“…I will put my hope in God, and once again I will praise Him,
my Savior and my God.”   (Psalm 42:5)

You Still Have Hope
(Author of this poem is unknown)

If you can look at the sunset and smile,
then you still have hope.

If you can find beauty in the colors of a small flower,
then you still have hope.

If you can find pleasure in the movement of a butterfly,
then you still have hope.

If the smile of a child can still warm your heart,
then you still have hope.
 

If you can see the good in other people,
then you still have hope.

If the rain breaking on a roof top can still lull you to sleep,
then you still have hope

If the sight of a rainbow still makes you stop and stare in wonder,
then you still have hope.

If the soft fur of a favored pet still feels pleasant under your fingertips,
then you still have hope.

If you meet new people with a trace of excitement and optimism,
then you still have hope.

If you give people the benefit of a doubt,
then you still have hope.

If you still offer your hand in friendship to others that have touched your life,
then you still have hope.

If receiving an unexpected card or letter still brings a pleasant surprise,
then you still have hope.

If the suffering of others still fills you with pain and frustration,
then you still have hope.

If you refuse to let a friendship die, or accept that it must end,
then you still have hope.

If you look forward to a time or place of quiet and reflection,
then you still have hope.

If you still buy the ornaments, put up the Christmas tree or cook the turkey,
then you still have hope.

If you still watch love stories or want the endings to be happy,
then you still have hope.

If you can look to the past and smile,
then you still have hope.
 

If, when faced with the bad, when told everything is futile, you can still look up
and end the conversation with the phrase...."yeah....BUT.." then you still have hope.

Hope is such a marvelous thing. It bends, it twists, it sometimes hides,
but rarely does it break.

It sustains us when nothing else can.
It gives us reason to continue and courage to move ahead, when we tell ourselves we'd rather give in.

Hope puts a smile on our face when the heart cannot manage.

Hope puts our feet on the path when our eyes cannot see it.

Hope moves us to act when our souls are confused of the direction.

Hope is a wonderful thing, something to be cherished and nurtured,
and something that will refresh us in return.
And it can be found in each of us, and it can bring light into the darkest of places.

NEVER lose hope.
(unknown)