31 Days of Hope

HOPE {Day 6} – Giving Hope Simply Means Being Present

Have you ever felt hopeless… not about your own life, but rather, hopeless about someone else’s situation?  You look at the situation and just wish there was SOMETHING…. ANYTHING you could do to help.  You don’t know what to do.  You don’t know what to say.  You long so desperately to give them hope, but aren’t sure how to make that happen. 


Maybe, just maybe, you don’t have to DO or SAY anything. 


Henri Nouwen puts it this way:

The emptiness of the past and the future can never be filled with words but only by the presence of a man.  Because only then can hope be born…

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It seems that often the best way to give hope to those around us in hopeless situations is simply to BE present and keep pointing to the One who is ALWAYS present.   

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