Loving One Another

HOPE


When you hear the word “HOPE,” what comes to mind for you? Some folks might think of the opposite of despair. Some think of “faith” and see the words synonymously. Others might think of the old song, “Ya gotta have hope, all ya really need is hope.”  You can hear it sung by the Damn Yankees star at this link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ry8CpIg2fvU

When I think of hope, I think of my eighteen-year-old granddaughter. Hope is spending this week in a motel. Not welcomed in her family, she is staying elsewhere so she has time to think about the privilege of living at home. A high school graduate, with a minimum wage job in town, she has responsibilities as a family member. Among other infractions (I won’t go into all of them here – my mom taught me not to wash my dirty linens in public), she has chosen to ignore her chores lately. It’s a long story, but bottom line is, “If you’re going to live here, you need to help out. One chore in the morning before you leave and one chore in the evening before you go to bed does not seem too much to ask.” Her parents have been driving her (about 5 miles each way up and down a very steep hill with a dangerously narrow road) to work and back. They are providing her meals, of course. But, in exchange, they expect her to be a help at home and to live by the family rules. Seems only fair, right?

But, I am having a hard time with this. They haven’t heard from her all week and there’s no light on at night in the place where she is supposedly staying. I live two states away – and I can’t (and figure I shouldn’t) try to intervene. These are wise, educated, loving, caring parents – doing the best they know how – all I can do is pray. Worry is not a godly response. It’s the opposite of faith – the opposite of HOPE. The song says, “Ya gotta have hope – mustn’t sit around and mope.” However, my granddaughter has lived a sheltered, home-schooled life. She doesn’t have a driver’s license – much less a car – and she is suddenly alone, walking back and forth to work, no cell phone service (except for texting ability – and she’s not responding to texts – not from me or her parents).

The song goes on to say, “Nothin’s half as bad as it may appear, wait’ll next year…”  I’m not very good at waiting. How about you?  I’m a take-charge, fix-the-problem kind of person. But, this is beyond my ability to fix. It’s not mine to control. I am not in their shoes and I can’t judge. All I can do is pray. Will you pray with me, dear blogging friends?

Ya gotta have HOPE!

Comments on: "HOPE" (6)

  1. Praying for Hope!

    • Thank you, Julie. Hope is with a friend who lives 7 miles from Hope’s place of work. This friend is the fiancee’ of one of her co-workers, and she drives Hope to work and back each day. I pray this situation is giving Hope the space and time and guidance she needs to work through the current problem. She and her parents had a good meeting yesterday. Your prayers are appreciated. God is good!

  2. My friend I will certainly pray with you for your grandaughters safety and for her to respond to her parents efforts to reach her. I am with you on being a fix it type of person. Have a family member with some problems and I somehow feel I should be able to make it better. So, I hear you!
    “Trust in Him at all times, O people;pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. Psalms 62:8

  3. Thank you for the intercessory prayers. God is good! Our granddaughter responded to our text messages, contacted her parents, met with them, and is living with a very kind friend who (hopefully) is giving her the guidance and space to work through this trying time. Continuing to pray for her is our act of faith – I know God is with her. Thank you for understanding my fix-it problem!

  4. May your grandaughter stay safe from harm and learn much on her journey through life. May she find what is truly important and have gratitude in her heart for her many blessings. May she choose her friends and actions wisely.

    Russ

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