Thursday, January 29, 2009

Hope

As I watched the news and heard the tragic story about that family in So. California, I wondered how anyone could get to that point. Yes, things are bad in the world, especially economically, and as you watch the news and read of more job losses, foreclosures, etc., it looks pretty bleak; but there is always hope. I think it would be horrible to feel so hopeless.

So I'm curious and just wanted to ask--does misery REALLY love company? Does it help to know you are not alone in your problems--that there are others suffering? I think we all know that we can always find someone who has it tougher than we do.

I'm so grateful that I have hope. I'm grateful I have someone to turn to for a kind word, a smile, a hug. More than anything, I'm grateful to know that I have a Heavenly Father who loves me and is mindful of me and wants what's best for me. As I think about possible remedies for feelings of hopelessness, one that jumps out at me (besides prayer) is service. If I can forget about myself, it helps me. So with that in mind, we're off to go do some temple service. See you in a couple of days.

Sidenote: Thank you all for your concern about Baby Xander. He is out of the hospital and doing much better.



19 comments:

Klin said...

I missed something. What family in California?

Yes misery loves company, especially when people don't want to change and think that change is too hard.

I am grateful for hope and faith. Also for the knowledge that the game is rigged and that the Lord wins. Woot. Woot. (I won't get zapped for that will I?)

Have a good time at the temple. It's a beautiful place.

Sheri said...

It is very sad. I have made the same comment to my husband as we have been affected by a few closer to home - I just don't know (and quite frankly don't want too) know what makes any one think that is the answer. I do think it helps to feel that you have someone to turn to who actually can undertsnd your 'misery', but I don't ever wish any of my 'misery' on anyone else. WE have been through job loss and may again soon, but there is always the underlining knowledge that as Klin said... I know that the Lord wins in the end and I just need to stay oin His team!!

Brent said...

I heard about the family in California, and I thought that was very sad. Hope is very important during these difficult times. Giving up hope is never the answer. I am so very thankful for our Savior who knows what it is like, and is willing to help and comfort us during these difficult times, all we need to do is turn to Him.

chellie said...

I also heard about that family... and I hope that it keeps us all mindful to those around us. Service is a wonderful answer to hopelessness.

Love you! You are awesome!

Jess said...

I love that we have the answer and know what to have hope in. I can't imagine life without the gospel. It would be totally hard!!!

♥ Somebody Loved ♥ said...

We discussed this(California family all gone) at girls night last night. So very tragic & sad... desperate.

They are doing a census of the homeless in Las Vegas. Last year it was 11,000 this year they guess it is at 20,000. That is overwhelming to me, I can only imagine being in their shoes.

I think it is easier to have hope when things are good. When you are hanging by a thread... not so easy.

ToOdLeS.ShEiLa

Neal said...

I just read Elder Uchtdorff's talk on "hope" from General Conference. It's amazing...as one would expect.

I found it interesting that "hope" is the direct result of keeping commandments...which makes sense. Read the article and you'll understand what I mean.

http://www.lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=2354fccf2b7db010VgnVCM1000004d82620aRCRD&locale=0&sourceId=bbd44bb52a73d110VgnVCM100000176f620a____&hideNav=1

Melissa said...

Hmmm... good question... I know when I'm feeling down, I don't really want others to be down too... but it is nice to talk to someone who can say "Look, I've been in your shoes and I made it! You can too..." So, I guess in my case the saying would be "Misery loves empathy" :)
Hope is a pretty fragile thing sometimes. I know it shouldn't be, but sometimes when you're on the edge of what feels like a disaster, it doesn't take much to see that hope crumble. I think, for me, my hope fades when I forget that the Lord's love for me is constant. When I remember Him and His love for me, I can't help but be hopeful! The hard part is remembering to remember ;)
It IS such a blessing to have the gospel!

Ashley said...

It is amazing what a little tiny bit of hope can do for your outlook. I always say I just want stability. My husband always reminds me, you are looking in the wrong places for that. The world is never stable. Prayer to our Father in Heaven and scripture reading are.

Corrine said...

i think service is one of THE BEST ways to get out of funks and feeling sorry for ourselves. I think a lot of times in our society they suggesto that we need extra time for ourselves, but I truly find when i am less focused on me, I am less focused on me :) I forget about the trivial things that get me down.

like right now life isn't grand, but man glad most days my husband didn't come home with the same attitude as that man in cali.

PJ said...

I've been w/out power all week, because of the ice storm. I missed this tragic story.

Valerie said...

When I hear the word "hope" I think of the other two words that go with it: faith and charity. To me, those words are synonomous with God's love. To have fear, to lose faith, puts us in Satan's power. That is where that level of despair comes from. However, to have charity, serving others, is where Heavenly Father wants us/needs us to be.

Whitney said...

I didn't hear about the family in Cali, I might have to go google it.
I do think misery loves company, But I also think happiness does, too :) That's why you do service, etc.
I always try to be optimistic and have hope, otherwise, what is there to look forward to after the bad times?
Thanks for this post :D

aurora said...

I really agree that Hope is one of the greatest blessings of the gospel. I am so thankful for it!
Nice post, thanks.

Nancy Face said...

I'm so happy to know that Xander is improving! :)

Enjoy serving in the temple! I truly believe that the service we give lifts our hearts at the same time it is lifting those on the receiving end of it! :)

annie said...

I agree completely... there is so much hope with God and service totally brings the focus away from yourself and onto others. I won't lie... I have had times of feeling hopeless. But there has always been hope waiting for me, and I thank God for that!

sweetpea said...

I completely agree. Hope and faith are the things that keep us going, when everything around us is crumbling.
It doesn't mean things will be perfect, just that we will be able to handle the tough parts of life through the help of our Father in Heaven, along with family and friends.

Romy said...

Thanks for your wonderful post! It reminded me of the scripture in Ether 12:4. I especially love the part that says, "whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world...which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men...". To me it's a promise that because of our faith in Heavenly Father, we can have a SURE hope, an ANCHOR during these tempestuous and turbulent times. The rest of the scripture teaches that your "remedy for hopelessness" - service, ("abounding in good works" are the words in the scripture) is absolutely right!

Thanks for helping turn my thoughts to the scriptures!

aubrey said...

yvonne, you are such a wonderful example. i too am grateful for the gospel and for the knowledge that Heavenly Father knows each one of us and is watching out for us.