New mothers think they are going to lose it until they get a glimpse of another new mother across the room, and they bond instantly as they realize they are not crazy – they’re just new mothers. A young married couple struggling with the normal chaos of life feels like they are being defeated until they are given hopeful words of encouragement from a couple celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary.
A family, weary of trips to the hospital and exhausted from the anxiety of wondering how long it will be before their child’s blood count goes down again, receives a card in the mail saying that there’s someone out there who understands, who knows what they’re going through, and who is praying for them, right now.
These are all tough situations made easier by someone who cared enough to share their hope with someone who felt hopeless.
We all know a lot of people. However, we do not know everything about everyone we know. Someone you see every day at work might be hurting right now, needing some hope and encouragement, yet they don’t have it written across their face. They keep their strength at work, and wait to cry until they are on their way home. You know someone like this, and it may even be you.
There is an event coming up next weekend that will offer a wealth of information to families and caregivers who are dealing with the emotional challenges of caring for a child with catastrophic illnesses or medical issues. You can offer hope to people who have never even shared their struggles with you, by being a conduit of hope for everyone within your reach.
Please take a moment to construct an email to your list of friends, your coworkers, your small group study or volunteer group. It doesn’t have to be long, just something simple like this:
I don’t know what each of you are going through, but I felt the need to send this information about a workshop for families who have a child experiencing medical issues or catastrophic illnesses. It’s called Conversations for Caregivers, is free of charge, and was created to offer information, support, encouragement and resources for families who may be struggling right now. This may not be you, but you may know someone who needs to take part in this workshop, so I wanted to make sure I did what I could to get this information to those who need it most. This event is being held on Saturday, July 7th from 9:00am to Noon in the Grapevine Community Activities Center. To find out more about this event, or to register, please visit this Ragan’s HOPE webpage.
We also encourage you to post a comment here on this blog to let us know you have done your part in spreading hope to others. We would also appreciate your encouragement in having those you know spread the word as well. Only you can make sure that those you know are well informed.
We thank you in advance for your willingness to help us spread hope to those who need it most.