God surprises us. He does it all the time.
That’s what I thought when I heard Pat’s story.
After I announced the Beautiful Hope project to the team at Dynamic Catholic, one team member shared the story of his friend Pat. Pat’s third child spent the first one hundred days of his life in the NICU, and just one week after bringing his son home, Pat was diagnosed with melanoma. The story sounded like too much. More than one family should have to bear.
But then I heard about the parish community that stepped up to bear that burden with them. They cooked meals. They mowed the lawn. They raised money. They carried the torch during the family’s darkest hours. That’s beautiful hope.
I asked Pat to be a part of Beautiful Hope so that his story, along with all the other stories of hope in the book, could impact the lives of people across America.
Lent might be a season that brings to mind sacrifice and ashes, but that doesn’t mean God won’t surprise you with hope this Lenten season. I hope I can live up to the gifts and talents God has given me. I hope I can have the courage to be a true friend, a good father, and a loving husband. I hope I never stop striving to become the-best-version-of-myself. I hope . . . and that is a wonderful thing.
What do you hope for?
May God surprise you with hope this season. May God renew you and all those you love in ways you don’t see coming. May God remind you that your future will be bigger and better than your past, and may he fill you with the joy that lasts forever.