Hope Changes EverythingWritten by Teresa Clark
Individually they had decided to turn from their despair to focus their lives on sharing with others the promise of God’s hope. When they did, they found each other, joined hearts, made a home together, then dared to dream there could be more.
A little girl entered the world this month. At six pounds and five ounces and nineteen inches long you would not expect her arrival to make a big splash until you know that her parents named her Hope. They named her long before she was born, then held their breath as they supplicated heaven that, this time, all would be well.
Both were well past the average age for first-time parents and both had traversed barren plains of experience that had led them to fear perhaps parenthood was not for them. Individually they had decided to turn from their despair to focus their lives on sharing with others the promise of God’s hope. When they did, they found each other, joined hearts, made a home together, then dared to dream there could be more. So, they put their trust in God, did all they could do, and then hoped for the miracle.
She came two weeks early and in a hurry. She’s got skills too. At her delivery, her Doctor was stunned to discover her umbilical cord was tied in a pretzel knot.
It’s pretty obvious this little bit of a girl has some moves. Moves that could have led to disaster if she’d remained in the womb for two more weeks and gained another pound. It seems divine providence heard her parents prayers; their hope was rewarded.
In today’s online dictionaries the word, Hope, is defined as meaning, “to want something to happen or to be true.” Clearly, this little girl’s name means so much more to her parents. To really grasp the witness in her name, look back to a time when the true depth of word meaning held more sway. In Webster’s 1828 dictionary, the word, Hope, means, “confidence in a future event; the highest degree of well-founded expectation of good; as a hope founded in God's gracious promises; a scriptural sense.” And so, they named her, Hope.
Hope in God's gracious promises. Hope changes everything.
A national award-winning storyteller, historian and author, she is best known for her original works and recollections of life's experiences blended with history. Teresa has presented and performed throughout the United States. Of her, it has been said, "Charming, witty, soulful, and wise, her performances are filled with a compelling sense of wonder and an irresistable zest for life." Her story work involves performance, education, production, and advocacy. From the main stage to individual consultations in living rooms across America, she delights in the excavation and sharing of family story. Most importantly, she is a wife, mother, and grandmother to her favorite playmates and best friends.
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