Spark of Hope #105 – Say It Isn’t So … It’s Easier Than Facing the Truth

Assisted hugs create irreplaceable moments
Assisted hugs create irreplaceable moments

Spark of Hope #105 – If your child’s imagination depicts monsters lying underneath his bed, it might take a flash-light sweep to show him the truth. Only then can he settle down for a restful night’s sleep.  God calls us to trust in Him the way a child trusts a parent. Yet, that’s not so easy when you’re afraid of what’s under the bed … or ahead of you. From subtle signs beginning 11 years ago to her current need for 24/7 care, it’s taken my father that long to accept my mother’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. It’s as if he’s believed that if it was not true in his heart and mind, then “it isn’t so.” That was perhaps easier than saying, “this disease is not going away and it’s going to steal my wife.” He continues struggling to accept its dreadful fall-out on her life, and ours. Isn’t that the way it is with life’s toughest journeys? Some take longer than others to stop climbing the stairs that seemingly lead nowhere. Facing the truth is often quite painful. Yet, if we hold their hand, give a reassuring hug, stay in the truth, and spotlight the little sparks of HOPE —  Huge Outcomes will remain Possible Everyday.

Photo courtesy of 20/30north Studios
Photo courtesy of 20/30north Studios

Hope is like a spark; if the conditions are right, it can spread like wildfire. Hope feeds the soul, ignites passion, and inspires others. Tucked inside each of us is a child-like spark that says: never forget to dream, play and imagine. HOPE is the extraordinary spark that says Huge Outcomes are Possible Everyday!

One thought on “Spark of Hope #105 – Say It Isn’t So … It’s Easier Than Facing the Truth”

  1. Thank you Maryann for this article. In the recent passing of my mother with Alzheimer’s, I can still see my Dad weeping openly and profusely as he gave my mother’s body gentle pats and expressions of love. Then they closed the casket. The closing of the casket maybe convinced his and my mind that Mom had died but it did not convince either of our hearts. Our hearts were in open rebellion to the diagnosis of death. When love is involved the heart never accepts death as a reasonable or truthful outcome. God created us for life and not death and our hearts hold His Spirit and life. Because Hope Matters, I believe the heart has the right answer and so I cling to the hope that you advocate. Blessings to you my friend and your dear mother and father.

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