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It is said that hope is a feeling of expectation and a desire for a certain thing to happen. However, others have proclaimed that hope is the feeling of wanting something to happen and thinking that it will happen. It can be concluded then that hope is a feeling that something good will happen or turn out to be true. I am inspired upon awakening each day in this great creation. There is a chance something good will happen and this feeling gives me a reason to be hopeful.

Novelist Anne Lamott said, “Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come.” During my visits to LHP properties, I have discovered that there are many reasons to be hopeful when I speak with employees. They often express their deep need to help residents and others in their housing communities. They speak about the lasting relationships developed between the staff and residents and their hope that residents’ needs will be satisfied.

It is said that a person needs just three things in this world to be truly happy: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for. When it comes to loving relationships, words like nourish and cherish are often used. Nourish means to build up strengthen, develop, and sharpen. Cherish means to treasure, value, protect, and celebrate. Feeling celebrated in a loving relationship is essential to its lasting and healthy growth.

However, being celebrated does not mean that life is always a party. Sometimes people need comforting and consoling through dark days and tough times in life. In fact, the ability to celebrate the joys of life during bitter downturns is a priceless quality found in true friends. It’s easy to celebrate the good times, but you need someone to love you and stand by you after the holiday ends and the workday begins. Someone to give you hope.

So, nourish and cherish that special person or relationship in your life and when you do, the relationship will flourish and become a bond for years to come.

Never give up! Never give up! Never give up!

By Chaplain Ghosten