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Topic: Hope (05/04/06)
- TITLE: Birth
By Patricia Trimarchi
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As days, months, years passed, I fed him, clothed him and kept him safe. I took him with me everywhere I went and on occasion would allow a select friend or two to care for him. Sharing him with others was sometimes difficult, but oh, when I did, they encouraged me and cheered me on! Admiring him, sometimes as much as I, they served to deepen my love for him.
The infant grew, changed and evolved into toddler, child, adolescent and young adult. In my eyes he was perfection at every stage. He continues to grow, not yet complete, not yet at that full place of manhood.
Is this hope? Born late in the night… born out of some thought, some idea, perhaps following prayer. It’s form not quite identifiable, yet when cut free and laid upon your heart, forever yours. Nurtured and carefully tended, it begins to grow and you carry it with you always.
You can share your hope with intimate friends, and because they love you they speak life into it, causing it to grow and deepen. It’s risky to share with those who do not know you so well, as hope can be stolen or carelessly broken.
I have seen those who have lost their hope and I pray mine and yours is big enough, strong enough that we might give some of it away to those so in need of it.
A smile, word of encouragement, a hand that says, “I can help you”, can birth hope into someone tonight. Let it begin with the source… the one who birthed it in you and in me… let it begin with prayer.
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