LTJ: The Power of Hope

Written by Louise Tucker Jones in the October 2010 Issue

I just returned from the orthopedic surgeon who informed me I have a 50 to 80 percent chance of my shoulder healing without surgery.  I sat in the car and cried with relief before leaving the parking lot.  Four months of pain, an erroneous report on my MRI and a previous shoulder surgery had me prepared for the worst.  Yes, I will have to take anti-inflammatory meds.  Yes, I will do weeks or months of strenuous physical therapy, but I have hope that I will get well without putting a tenth notch on my surgical history.

Hope is a powerful emotion.  I’ve seen it over and over again. When my oldest son and his wife were trying to conceive, the doctor ran a gamut of tests.  No medical reason why they had not gotten pregnant during their years of trying.  They were encouraged.  No, they didn’t get pregnant immediately but they had hope and one day, when no one was expecting a miracle, the test proved positive.  Our now five-year-old granddaughter was already snuggling into her mother’s womb.  What an exciting moment!

I have a friend who just completed several weeks of chemotherapy and heard her doctor say, “There is no sign of cancer.”  She’s weak and she’s tired, but hallelujah, she has hope!  Another friend’s cardiac condition improved instead of worsened as doctor’s had predicted.  Hope!  My 93-year-old mother is planning a trip to Montana next year. She doesn’t know how her health will be, but she has hope that she will make the trip.

My son, Jay is counting the days until Disney on Ice comes to the fairgrounds.  We have had tickets for several weeks and hope this show will be one of the best.  Jay goes even further—he expects it to be the best.  Hope is so important.  There are people around us hoping to get a job, to buy a house, go on vacation, have grandchildren, write a book, retire from work, get married, become parents or just go out to dinner.  Hope keeps our spirits alive.  When the weather is hot and dry, we hope for rain. When the snow piles up to a dozen inches, we hope for sunshine.  When we move to a new community we hope to find a friend.

The dictionary says hope is a feeling that something desirable is likely to happen.  We are not designed to live without hope.  There are studies which show that children who were seldom touched or held in orphanages did not develop well physically or emotionally.  The heart and brain do not know how to respond to a lack of love and hope.  Depressed individuals take medication to up the serotonin levels in their brain in order to give them hope and healing.

Each day, I live with the hope that God will miraculously heal my youngest son of heart disease.  The total healing has never come, but God has divinely granted a daily dose of miracles so that Jay has celebrated 34 birthdays instead of the few that doctors anticipated when he was born.  A favorite scripture from the Bible states: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord… “plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)  Today, I pray you will find hope for whatever is troubling your mind, hurting your heart or distressing your body and soul.

Today is a great day for hope.  Grab it with all your might!

1 Comment

Lee Kret Says:
October 14th, 2010 at 10:08 am
Such a powerful and much needed message for today's difficult times. Mrs. Jone's stories are always so touching and meaningful to me! I look forward to the next story she will write.
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