Hope -The Best Medicine

31 August 2011

07 Light Of Hope  (Click here to hear the song)

    I have thought a lot about ‘hope’ the last few weeks.  It seems I have read and studied through the course of this journey about faith and how to increase it.  I am learning that the two go hand in hand.  I have always felt great hope through this process.  My testimony of the plan of salvation has not waivered.  In fact, it has become more apparent to me that Heavenly Father has a plan for us, and He is in control.  That gives me so much hope.  He knows my family and He knows what is best for us.

   I have been looking up talks on hope on the church website, and found some profound thoughts (for me, anyway).  Sister Chieko Okasaki said “We can choose to feed the darkness in our lives, or we can choose to feed the brightness of hope in our lives. . . But if we choose, if we even desire to choose, if we even hope for the desire to choose, we set in motion powerful forces for life that are led by Jesus Christ himself.  He responds to those tender tendrils of crippled life with the force and energy that will bring them to flowering.  Listen to these promises of love and yearning desire for us.  Feel the hope they bring that with Him we can overcome the world.”

   Our family has great hope for a miracle for Tyler.  Truly, we have seen countless miracles already!  We have not been forgotten by Him.  Just the fact that Tyler is so active and feels so good is a complete miracle.  Those in the medical profession who look at his scans would not believe what this kid can do.  I just got home today, and found out that he and his dad had just completed 27 holes of golf.  Not typically what someone with Stage IV liver cancer undergoing chemotherapy can do!

   President Dieter F. Uchdorf gave a talk on the “Infinite Power of Hope” in October 2008.  I distinctly remember sitting in my car, purposely missing the first half of Tyler’s football game, while I listened intently to his talk.  It struck a deep chord in me then.  Again, I’m sure that was no coincidence.  I felt great hope in life then and the reality of how much my Savior loved me.

  As I read through it again this week, the part that stuck with me this time was that hope was a principle of promise as well as a commandment, and we have a responsibility to make it an ‘active part of our lives and overcome the temptation to lose hope.’  Have you ever thought of having hope as being a commandment?  Whether it is a life threatening illness, financial struggles, marriage difficulties, wayward children, depression…there are a myriad of trials to discourage and bring us to our knees.  Hope is the ‘foundation of our faith and an anchor to our souls.’

   I bought a CD called ‘Women of Hope’ and when I heard this song, it brought tears to my eyes, reminding me that I have great hope in my Savior and His plan for me and for my family.  How grateful I am that I have been given this knowledge!  I also know that through faith and prayers, He can give Tyler his miracle, and Tyler can be healed.  Thank you so much for your unwavering faith and prayers!  Once again, we feel them and lean on them always!  I hope listening to this beautiful song will bring hope to you, whatever the challenges are that you are facing. 

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