This Oasis of Hope brings heartfelt stories of love and labor, spiritual truths to encourage, hidden struggles, and the gift of chronic illness.
Crocheting as a spiritual discipline helped me to quiet all the noise inside so that I could focus, making it easier to pray and listen… When I open myself to the adventure of creativity, I am exploring one aspect of what it means to be made in the image of God.
There are days a letter in my mailbox is the only contact I have with the world outside my home. I love this special kindness in a mailbox.
Michael would sometimes lead a drill called Good-Better-Best, where participants give Good work for a specific period of time, then Better for a shorter period, then their Best for a brief spurt, maybe for only 10 seconds. I’ll never know what those bursts felt like to him on his bad days. He smiled through it.
Yet you have never let any of this dull your sparkle. And you have faced far more loneliness and uncertainty than anyone should have to face, let alone a seventeen-year-old. Yet you carry it all with grace. I’ve never known how you do it.