A Hope Mission

“Every blade of grass, each leaf, each separate floret and petal is an inscription speaking hope.”

—Richard Jeffries

 

This summer I am on a personal quest to see if I can still be a genuine person of hope in a world that is giving me ample reasons to not. A school shooting that took the daughter of a family I love and devastated my church and community, a too young friend diagnosed with terminal cancer, a war in Ukraine, a war in Israel and Gaza, a demoralizing presidential race, my own cancer scare, hundred-year old magnificent trees in my city plundered for pavement and skyscrapers, guns and violence everywhere, too many suicides, friends with addiction, kids with addiction, social media ruling our days and imaginations. Does the word “hope” I love still hold true?

 

One evening recently while cooking my family dinner I flipped on the 5 o’clock local Nashville news. I felt like I was watching a horror film. There was not one piece of good news in the whole segment. It left me feeling uneasy about the present and the future. Should I throw my hands up? Live in a perpetual state of fear? Was the world too dark, ugly and wayward for the good and sacred to prevail? Something stubborn inside me decided that night that I would prove to myself and the world otherwise. I would redirect my vision from the brutish to searching for the miraculous. I am collecting evidence to support my hypothesis that there is so much good here, remarkable beauty, and infinite reasons to still hope.

 

I am off to a great start. Just this week, I drove under a full rainbow. I also enjoyed a homemade chocolate mousse from a friend that felt heaven sent. I finished a beautiful redemptive book, Sipsworth, that spilled with hope. I went on a hike through a cedar forest with a freind and found a heart rock. I also spent an entire afternoon preparing a feast for my extended family. Amazing how the smallest things replenish our reserves of hope. Join me on my hope mission!

 

Thank you for continuing to support me at Bread and Honey and my recent brave release of SOULFULL.

 

I am signing off for the summer to spend time with my family and collect hope!

 

Much love and appreciation,

Farrell

P.S. Follow me on instagram for snapshots of what’s giving me hope.

4 Comments
  • Susan Batson

    June 3, 2024 at 5:47 am Reply

    We should all be encouraged by your thoughts to find something hopeful each day. This could be accomplished by doing something for someone else to bring them hope.

  • Sallye Galloway

    June 3, 2024 at 5:55 am Reply

    Jeremiah 29:11

  • janemccracken

    June 3, 2024 at 6:06 am Reply

    So very thankful for you and your constant encouragement for all of our hope journeys! So very thankful your cancer diagnosis was a good one. As you know I hang onto every encouraging crust you offer so many of us that love you. Have a great summer! You will be missed.

    Love you,
    Jane M

  • Francis McMeekim

    June 3, 2024 at 6:29 am Reply

    My BSF teacher once said that the word BUSY, was burden under Satan’s yoke! Oh, how often that is me. Sitting quietly under the Cross of my Savior, I take a deep breathe, put my hands in prayer, and claim the gifts of the Holy Spirit. 🥰Hope, is there, when we keep our eyes upon Jesus. Let go, and let God. Much love to you

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