When You Hear the Singing
You mainly hear whirs and swishes and clicks of machines in ICU.
My best friends and I are spending many hours standing vigil there the past few weeks. We listen to the sounds. We monitor the numbers. We watch for signs of progress.
Another lifelong friend is struggling to survive.
So when I hear the singing, I am startled.
4 Ways to Express Hope
The singing is coming from a nurse. As she moves around the room, circling over our friend, checking screens, and adjusting medicines, she is also quietly singing.
Singing can be a sound of hope overflowing. That’s what I need to hear.
These are four ways we can best express our hope, says Jason G. Duesing in Mere Hope.
In a culture of cynicism or in a circumstance of hopelessness, we need to be reminded to hope.
“To live a life of mere hope is to live knowing that our story ends in joy.”
- We express hope when we remember the goodness of God.
- We express hope when we pray in conversation with God.
- We express hope when we sing out of our overflow or when hope needs restoring.
- We express hope when we share with others our source of hope.
As the nurse continues to sing, I know it doesn’t mean my friend is out of danger. But it does mean that in this present moment he is stable. No panics. No alarms. No scares.
Her expression of hope brings assurance. It brings calm. It serves me.
“Hope flourishes when it is employed in the service of others.”
It is the sign I need.
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I’d appreciate prayers for my friend. His body is making tiny steps in the right direction, but he has quite a distance yet. I hold hope as I remember, pray, sing, and share.
What hope are you holding open this week? Please share in the comments.
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