Have you ever read something that stopped you in your tracks? You know, something that hits you really hard that was so unexpected that it causes you to have to immediately stop to catch your mental breath?

This post had that very effect on me as it caused me to not only need to catch my mental breath, but also led me down a path of contemplation.

Contemplation of my sufferings held up to the light of those who truly are suffering. In this, as much as we tend to trump up our own issues, it is those who rarely speak a word, but patiently endure their trials that find themselves securely within a book only reserved for heroes and the like.

As I read that post, I began immediately to walk down a path of simultaneous thinking and writing…

Right now… I am thinking about our troops and their families that are apart this Christmas. I am think of the many children fighting cancer and spending this Christmas in a hospital. I am thinking about the children who have one or both parents in prison this Christmas. I am think about the fatherless. I am thinking about the single mom working two jobs to make ends meet. I am thinking about those who are now removed from their last job by a year and now find themselves on the streets. I am thinking about the millions of children being trafficked each day or the many more effected by AIDS, Dirty Water, Malaria, and global poverty.  I am thinking about the orphan, the widow, and the least of these.

What does HOPE look like when it takes on the shape of you?

In 2011, BRING HOPE to someone in need. In 2011, BRING HOPE to someone…. just because.

However, in this… you may just find that in your quest to bring hope to others, it will truly be them who are the givers of hope for most of them already know that which we have long forgotten in our comfortable lives.

What can you do to BRING HOPE to others?

Walk, love, encourage, be, laugh, cry, support, mentor, and soon you may just find that you and them have more in common than you think. This world has become too much about you and them.

It’s time you and them becomes you and me… together.

You may also discover that the need remains throughout the other 10 months of the year, as well.

What are you looking for in life? Seek to BRING HOPE to others and you just might begin to find what you are looking for.

But don’t do it just to make yourself feel good, for in this, you need to know that that type of characteristic can be spotted a mile away. I know this, too. Often times, I can spot myself a mile away. Instead, lose yourself in it.

When it no longer is about us, something pure happens that is without words.

When you read this post from the Children’s Cancer Association, you may wonder what it is that you could bring that would even matter. In this, I reminded of some lyrics to a song we all know.

Little Baby,

I am a poor boy too,

I have no gift to bring,

That’s fit to give the King,

 

Shall I play for you,

On my drum?

 

Mary nodded,

The ox and lamb kept time,

I played my drum for Him,

I played my best for Him,

 

Then He smiled at me,

Me and my drum.

We all have something to bring. What will yours look like?

For me, I find my blueprint in these words…

Free those who are wrongly imprisoned;
lighten the burden of those who work for you.
Let the oppressed go free,
and remove the chains that bind people.
Share your food with the hungry,
and give shelter to the homeless.
Give clothes to those who need them,
and do not hide from relatives who need your help.

Perhaps together… we can BRING HOPE. Will you join me?

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