Hope Lives Here

This weekend we went into the city to see my uncle.  While he is being treated for throat cancer, he is staying in The Hope Lodge, a residential facility run by The American Cancer Association.  It’s a place for cancer patients and their families to live during treatment.  It is close to the major hospitals in NYC and brings commuting to a minimum.  Some patients are from out-of-state and some live nearby.

It’s a place where hope lives.

Unfortunately my photograph does not do this collage justice.  Each little square has writing in it – encouraging words, parts of Bible verses, little messages – all things to give hope.  Many of these little tiles, if not all, were made by children.

I got to thinking how nice it would be if we had one hanging in our house.  Isn’t that what we all want to know?

Hope Lives Here

Hope that despite the dark patches, the future is bright.

Hope that there is healing on the other side of pain.

Hope that joy comes in the morning.

Hope that tears only last for a time.

Hope that there is victory to be had.

Hope that you will be able to love again.

Hope that broken hearts will be made whole.

Hope that the sun will come out tomorrow.

Hope that you will get through your present trial.

Hope that what you do today will make a difference tomorrow.

Hope that your labor is not in vain.

Hope that your little light will shine for eternity.

Hope that people can change.

Hope that the economy will recover.

Hope that God does what He says He will do.

Hope that your faith is not blind.

Hope that life truly does go on.

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For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. – Romans 15:4

Let hope live in your house.


14 thoughts on “Hope Lives Here

  1. orples

    Here is sincerely hoping your Uncle beats his cancer. I can’t begin to imagine what he is going through. In the meantime, it is wonderful that places like “The Hope Lodge” exist that welcome family members so the patients don’t have to fight their battles alone.

  2. crubin

    What a beautiful post. Even got this cynical, old gal a little choked up! I’ve said it before on your blog, but The Hope Lodge is really a wonderful facility. I’m so glad you’re blogging about it. Both my father- and mother-in-law spent many nights at the one in Minnesota.


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