Over the calendar year 2018, we have experienced an abundance of emotions, changes, expectations, and uncertainty. Maybe this year has held similar events for you; but regardless, it seems that most individuals can relate to the ebb and flow of life. We here at Hope4Healing did not know what 2018 would bring as our first year of being on our own as our own non-profit. We have enjoyed the support and encouragement of others like Josiah White’s Quakerdale Foundation, our partnering churches, agencies, businesses, individuals, and organizations, our volunteers, and our board of directors. We also wish to thank those who have given to support us financially like the Lennox-Quakderdale Golf Tournament Committee, various partnering churches, and individuals; this also includes the Higher Power Quartet who partnered with us to perform at a benefit concert to help support Hope4Healing. We are blessed!
To serve effectively requires that wise individuals take time to reflect on successes, failures, and lessons learned. I was reflecting on all of this with Daniel Smith, who was instrumental in starting Hope4Healing from concept to implementation along side the leadership of Quakerdale. I cannot imagine a better name for what we strive to do by God’s grace than that of Hope4Healing; and so, I asked him how the name came about. Dan said that the name came out of the process used to develop the network , and that he feels it is a testament to God’s goodness in seeing Hope4Healing continue to grow and help people in need.
We often say that we want to instill “Hope” to those who need “Healing”. This caused me to ask the question, “Why his hope important?” I can be a little bit of a nerd, or maybe it is because I am used to doing research; either way, I was curious if there was evidence how “Hope” can help impact individuals going through difficult times. What I found as I investigated this idea a little bit is quite remarkable. As seen in the picture on top of this blog, Emily Dickinson explains hope as, “…the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without words, and never stops…at all…” Although less eloquent, another writer put it this way, “A number of writers speak of hope in relationship to outcomes over which the individual believes he or she has some control. Jerome Groopman represents this point of view in his book, The Anatomy of Hope: “To have hope, then, is to acquire a belief in your ability to have some control over your circumstances’ (p. 26).” However, psychological stress is at its peak in precisely those situations that offer few, if any, options for personal control; meaning that the situations in which hope is most needed are the ones in which hope is most likely to be at low ebb or even absent (Folkman, 2010). In other words, hope is that way of being whereby circumstances do not dictate outcome or self-worth.
I know this may seem like it is getting a little too complicated, but it is important to understand the reality that hope is not just a good thing; hope is crucial to overcoming stress, disappointment, and confusion. Evidence shows with hope, people are more capable to find ways to be more productive, find options or solutions, and ask for help (Davis-Laack, 2015). When we think of those individuals, children, and families that we seek to serve through Hope4Healing, it is so very important that we help to instill hope so that they can find the path forward. It is also the reason why connecting them with a friendship partner who is there to listen, be that shoulder to cry on, or pray with them is so very important. You see, the missing component that I haven’t share with you, is that “Hope” can be taught through social connections(Davis-Laack, 2015). Who better to teach about “Hope” than a church filled with people who know the cost it took to secure their salvation, and have the supreme “Hope” of Christ who has kept all of His promises and never failed?
To find out more about how to get Hope or to partner with Hope4Healing to provide hope to those who don’t know where to find it call 855-584-HOPE (4673), submit a request form, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chang, S. L., & Yeoun, K. H. (2016). The effects of hope, emotional intelligence, and stress on the self-esteem of rural elementary school students in Korea: The mediating effect of social support. Indian Journal of Science and Technology 9(26), 1-7, DOI: 10.17485/ijst/2016/v9i26/97278.
Davis-Laack, P. (2015, 04 15). Want Less Stress and More Happiness? Try Hope. Retrieved from Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/pressure-proof/201504/want-less-stress-and-more-happiness-try-hope
Folkman, S. (2010). Stress, coping, and hope. Psycho-Oncology, 901-908.