Hope

So something pretty amazing happened in the middle of a day that followed a night of feeling drained and a bit lost and discombobulated and sad and all the things that go with the word forlorn.

Hope-less.

I got off the interstate and was driving down Vineville towards my appointment, and there right in front of me was this.

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Just when you think you threw it out with all of the hard and broken stuff that you didn’t want to hold on to anymore because it hurts too bad…..

it shows up.

Just when you least expect it to.

And just when you need it the most.

It was after my appointment that I stopped and pulled in so I could take a picture of this sign that was hanging there just for me.  (Well, okay, maybe not, but it certainly was a timely coincidence.)

The parking lot was completely empty as I circled behind the church building so I could turn around.  And because I paused for hope, I found all kinds of little treasures back there.

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Tonight I’m thankful for the way I’m looked after and given more grace than I could possibly ever deserve.  By the One who created me and the ones who love me.  I give thanks for quiet moments of finding little treasures that I might not have noticed on a day that the parking lot was full.

Sometimes it is good to have some down time and open ourselves to what is right in front of our eyes.  To see and breathe and imagine and find something we thought was lost.

Hope.

Love to all.

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