What Gives Me Hope? Part 2

Thursday Thursday Thursday! Today’s Thursday Thankful List continues from last week’s post. Last week, I shared a piece {yet again} from Be the Miracle: 50 Lessons for Making the Impossible Possible by Regina Brett and below is the rest of the excellent chapter. She simply asks people to answer the question “What gives me hope?” To me, being full of hope is similar to being full of thankfulness. Hope and thankfulness go hand-in-hand as we count the things that make our lives better and happier and as we look to the future.

Hope you enjoy the list as much as I do! xx

My nephew home from college who told me no, he didn’t get taller since I saw him last, he simply stopped slouching.

The way a baby’s head smells better than rain.

Country music songs that profess, “Love like you’re not afraid of being alone.” The Ursuline College writing student who told me, “A pen has no fear. A voice often does.

Psalm 30:11: “Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: Thou hast put off my sackcloth and girded me in gladness.”

Authors Kathleen Norris, Joan Chittister, and Annie Dillard. Paul Schenly’s piano students at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Pussy willows.

The Carmelite nuns singing their hearts out on Easter morning.

The baby in the manger. The empty tomb.

Standing room only at Easter Mass. Purple crocuses bursting through the snow.

Farmers, artists and poets. The light at dawn and twilight. Seeing the sun hit the grass and knowing that God has His eye on me.

The stories told by stained-glass windows.

A child holding a handful of fresh-picked dandelions like it’s a bouquet of roses.

A perfect stranger saying “God bless you” when you sneeze.

A preschooler asking “Why?” for the hundredth time in five minutes.

A nursing home resident who can’t remember her family but can recite every word of the Lord’s Prayer.

Firefighters and police officers who place their lies on the line for complete strangers.

A teenager with purple hair and body piercings holding a door open for a woman with a double stroller.

Cancer survivors with new hair. Foster parents.

A one-year-old learning to walk. A stroke patient relearning to walk.

Nuns who still wear habits.

Birth announcements. Golden wedding anniversaries.

People who are willing to share what gives them hope.



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