(Advent Week 1: Hope) Before And After

My friend’s mother said she was ready to die.  There’s never the right time for that kind of discussion.   It’s one of those kind of conversations which seems wrong, no matter what, for those of us being left behind.  When the words are said the world goes gray, the busyness of the days seem pointless, the big things on the to-do-list seem all but ridiculous, and even small things seem too hard.  While life goes on, I’ve never seen it go back to the way it was.

The before and after of death become bookends of the changes that come.  Managing the emptiness of the space a person occupied comes after.  The space can never be replaced.  Never.  So.  Learning to live with the space takes precedence.  It’s always there.

Living the with-God life becomes more relevant than ever.  It makes hope a true need rather than merely a truism.   God-given hope is a reality.

And this hope will not lead to disappointment.
For we know how dearly God loves us,
because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love
(Romans 5:5, NLT).

God-given hope produces the anticipation of something more, a hope which never disappoints before or after.  Never.

Today . . . light the candle symbolizing hope . . . pray for those who are missing someone.  Take time to tell the story of God-given hope before and after.  

It matters–Kerrie

(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2014 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

These girls.  They are hope in action.

Baking November 2014

girls baking nov 2014


girls watching the oven nov 2014

girls eating their baked goods nov 2014



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