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Hope Stands Among the Poor of Spirit

Updated on October 14, 2014

Re-introducing Hope

A couple weeks ago, I wrote a creative piece called, “A Child Named Hope.” It began like this:

“And the child was born, and as she grew it became apparent that this was a special child. Her golden hair reflected sunlight on sunny days, and during the gloom of winter she seemed to absorb the darkness, so that those in her proximity felt warmth where there was cold.

By the time she was eight she was sought by millions, all longing to be near her, to touch her, to bask in her peacefulness, and to hear her words. Every week, every Saturday, in a field of lavender, she met with those who had come from distant shores, and she answered their questions with patience, and with love.”

It is, again, the imaginary Saturday, and today we find Hope standing among those who have seen better days, those who have floundered, fallen, and wake each day wondering if there will ever be hope in their lives.

Shhh….let’s listen in as Hope does her thing.

A child named Hope
A child named Hope | Source

The Homeless Seek Shelter in Hope

She stands at the intersection of Lost and Forlorn Streets as a crowd forms around her. Her smile warms their hearts; her kindness warms their souls.

In the middle of the crowd a man raises his hand. His age is hard to determine. Time and circumstances have etched lines upon his face, and his eyes no longer shine as they once did when he was younger. He is dressed in camo green, he carries a knapsack upon his shoulder, and in that knapsack are all of his worldly possessions.

“Hope, why has my country deserted me,” he asks. “I served my nation with honor. I fought the good fight for liberty and freedom, and when I was wounded they sent me home where help was not available. My cries fall on deaf ears, and those in power no longer recognize me as the soldier I once was. What am I to do?”

The child walks through the crowd, now numbering in the thousands, and finally stands before the soldier. She reaches out and holds his hand, and the crowd grows silent as she hugs the man.

“You are valued, kind sir. Even though your government casts a blind eye in your direction, there are millions of us who greatly appreciate the sacrifice you have made. Follow me and I will feed you. Stand by my side and I will shelter you. Continue to hold my hand and I will strengthen you. Those who do not see you live in shame. Those who do not hear your cries fail to realize that a country is only as strong as its weakest link, and they must live with their failings for the rest of their lives.

“This country must never leave its fallen behind. Walk with me, and together we will overcome.”

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The Young Look for Answers

On the fringe of the crowd, a small group of young people stands. Tattered clothes, shattered dreams, listless and forlorn. Hope glances in their direction, makes silent contact, and approaches their group. One of them steps forward to greet the child.

“Hope, we are the unwanted. Some of us have abandoned our homes because of abuse. Others have no parents, and ran away from unloving foster homes. Still others have mental issues, and we cannot find the help we need. Why are we invisible to the good citizens of this city? Why are we pushed aside, spit upon, and treated as though we don’t exist? We have dreams. We have aspirations. We feel pain, we feel hunger, and we feel rejection, just as millions of others do. How is it possible that human beings can completely ignore the sufferings of others?”

Tears form in Hope’s eyes, but the tears fall upon her radiant smile, forming a rainbow. The crowd is in awe as this lovely child holds hands with all the street children. She kisses their cheeks, and her rainbow falls upon them, and her smile sends warmth to the center of their being.

“Those who do not see you,” she says, “are blind so that they do not have to admit their own shortcomings. To recognize your suffering is to plead guilty to apathy, so, rather than plead to such a charge, they ignore you. Is it fair? No! Is it righteous of them? No! Is it beneath their higher calling as human beings? Yes!

“But there are millions who do care, and there are millions who are working hard, each day, to right the wrongs in our society. I have faith and you should as well. It is true that faith does not feed you when you are hungry, and faith does not clothe you when you are cold, but nevertheless, faith will sustain you.

“I will always be with you as long as you want me to be.”

The Work Force Seeks Hope for the Future

Hope returns to the makeshift stage and looks out upon the growing crowd. Among them are the unemployed millworkers and factory workers, the former midlevel managers and the warehouse grunts whose jobs were outsourced. Among them are the former café cooks and retail clerks, the accountants and the carpenters, all, now, out of work and treading the social services waters. A hand rises from the left of the crowd.

“Hope, we do not want a handout. I have three children and no job. I do not want the government to feed my children. I want to work, as my father worked, and his father before him, and I want an honest pay for honest labor. Is that asking for too much? Is that a demand the greatest nation on earth cannot answer? How is it possible, Hope, that millions of well-intentioned and hard-working people find themselves scratching for scraps like chickens in a farmyard, while corporations report billions in profits? How is it possible that our government can cater to the rich and blithely ignore the unemployed?”

The child nodded as the man spoke, and when he had finished, Hope stood higher so more could see her.

“It is possible that one day greed will bring this country to its knees. It is also possible that compassion, and love, will allow this country to soar to new heights. Which will happen? Only you can decide that, my friends. We cannot expect our political leaders to show compassion if we do not have it in our own hearts. We cannot expect the wheelers and dealers in our nation’s capital to rule with their hearts if our hearts are cold and on moral life support.

“Hear me now, for I say to you that love and compassion begin with me, and with you, and you, and you….all of you must lead by example in your daily lives. Stop looking for someone to blame and start looking for solutions. Stop being divisive and begin being inclusive. We will rise, or fall, as one, and the outcome of our little drama is ours to determine. If the government will not help us then we must help each other. There is no other way. There is no magical elixir that will make life better. There is only love.”

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The Crowd Dispersed

Those who had homes returned to them, and those who were homeless began looking for shelter for the evening. After they had all gone, the child named Hope stood in the town square alone. The skies above her, once stormy, calmed, and rays of sunshine filtered through the dark layers and spotlighted sections of the city. The wind blew strongly, and the rays of sunshine flickered off, then on, off, then on, as though controlled by the hand of an overseer.

Hope raised her eyes and watched as darkness struggled with the light. Her parents came for her, and explained it was time for her to return home, but Hope was needed on the streets, and there she would stay as the thunder rolled and lightning crashed.

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Powerful statement, Deb...hope is you and me. Amen my friend.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hope will always be eternal for the lost, the forlorn, the unloved, and the unwanted. Hope is you and me.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jo. No writer could ask more than to inspire. I am grateful for your words.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 3 years ago

      So beautiful written Bill! Hope springs eternal and it is with grace we know when it visits us. I indeed shared this, voted up and you are on face book! Many blessings and thanks good man. You inspire and touch my heart! :-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shyron, thank you. I am brimming with Hope today my friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      This touching Bill. Without Hope/Faith what would we have?

      Blessings, may you always have hope.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dianna! I hope, one day, a real life Hope will appear.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      What a touching piece on the aspect of hope. I love your statement, "Stop looking for someone to blame and start looking for solutions". This is what we must do in order to see our country rise from the depths. I listened to the song as I read, it made your message even more meaningful. Blessings, dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you vkwok. I'm enjoying this series and it's nice that others are as well.

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      This is an absolutely amazing hub, Bill! Let Hope never die!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Frank, and bless you as well my friend.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      the magic of hope comes from so many different avenues.. this is hub is one of those avenues.. bless you Billy

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It does for sure, DDE! Thank you for your thoughts.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I believe in having hope without hope one would certainly fall apart. Hope helps in the worst and best of times.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Flourish, and no doubt, you are quite accurate. Long hair, for me, reminds me of younger days when I thought I could change the world....I need to return to that way of thinking.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Peg, and I agree with you completely on your observations about society. We have to go back to basics, and nothing is more basic than love for each other.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      That long hair of yours reflects some throwback sentiments to a different time, as does this. Well done.

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Billybuc, This gorgeous piece of writing is awe inspiring and heart-lifting. Thank you for sharing such a deep and meaningful message to lift our spirits at a time when so many are in need. Beyond the desire for financial improvement in our lives lies a deep-seated gap where our diminished faith has left us struggling. Your imagery and words are truly manna to our souls.

      What a beautiful child she is, Hope.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sweet Hope indeed, manatita! Thank you my friend.

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      manatita44 3 years ago from london

      A unique and blessed virtue or perhaps a promise of a new dawn. Good on you, Bill. Continue. Hope, Sweet Hope.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kim, thank you very much for appreciating my creative writing and message of Hope.

      bill

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Bill,

      Such a beautiful and heart-wrenching tale. Thank you for your willingness to shine Hope's light on all of us. Thank You Dear One.

      Kim

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jackie! I'm always energized when I write essays like this one.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Seems hope is all we have; we will need her through the storms coming; indeed. Great writing of truth to touch us all. ^+

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      So do I, Ruby. Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rhonda, I think there are millions who only have hope and nothing else...and still they go on daily...inspiring for me. :) Thank you for being here.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is a beautiful story Bill. Hope, we live with it daily. I loved this!

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      Humanity needs a lot of hope right about now, tons of unity too. From your page to the world, would that your principles given voice by Hope be applied.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Bill, and I thank you as well.

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Hope is so important! Thank you for bring that Hope alive for us! ;-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eloquently stated, Sheila, leaving me with nothing else to say other than thank you.

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      Some people would define "hope" as a type of emotion that can't be sensed with the five main senses. It's something inside people's head that gives them the strength and courage to live another day and face whatever comes their way. But hope can be sensed in other ways. We may not be able to help everyone we meet, but we should all try to be a Hope to the people around us who need us most.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, wouldn't that be lovely? We can only hope. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I know you will, breakfastpop, as I will you...but I think we'll be in agreement on this one.

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      Dear billy,

      I will always stay tuned to you, n0 matter where you stand.

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      Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      I wish that the Hope you have created would become a real live person and multiply herself enough times to speak to everyone who needs to hear her voice. Ingenious!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      breakfastpop, I'm going political on Thursday hub. Stay tuned my friend. I think you'll approve.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Iris. Being pushy won't get me much...working in partnership seems to work much better. I love your reflection on this...thank you again.

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      This piece is beautiful, inspiring and awesome. I swear you gave me HOPE... Voted up, beautiful and totally awesome.

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      Cristen Iris 3 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      I really like these pieces, Bill. I admire your talent for pressing for the consideration of an issue without being pushy or demanding. You partner with your readers in the journey. Thumbs up

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Terrie. I'm very glad you enjoyed this.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, you don't neglect me at all. You take care of priorities, as you should. I understand completely, and send my thanks, hugs, and blessings on the wings of a dove.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      m abdullah javed, you summarized it all perfectly, and you asked a question for which I have no answer. Thank you for your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia. I love it when others appreciate this message.

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      Terrie Schultz 3 years ago from United States

      Such a lovely message for an often sad and hurting world. Thank you!

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hope is a beacon in the darkness to all who are willing to believe in it. Escaping from the treachery that may befall us, seeking Hope is the light out of that darkness. Having been to the lowest place, having been homeless, I can identify with much of what you shared with us, Bill.

      And truly what has kept me and my family from imploding has been that tiny word that embodies a promise of a better day.

      As usual I find your impassioned writings touching.

      Have a lovely day dear friend who I often neglect.

      Angels are winging their way to you at this very moment ps

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      muhammad abdullah javed 3 years ago

      Loads of praises for the Hope of present and the future, Bill Sir. Excellent and inspiring. We too marching forward along with the Hope to hold firmly the hands of brave sons of the soil. Its irony that as the time passes we tend to forget those heroes who have lend their invaluable services for the nation. There might be considerable strength of sportsmen and celebrities too who have been deserted to face their ill fate. Why this happens? Is it due to negligence of the people at the helm of affairs? or its because of insensitive attitudes of the people? The respect and honor of the great heroes rests with true recognition of their past-services and an actual realisation of their present-sufferings. Thanks for sharing sir.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a beautiful story filled with important points about the social problems in our society. Thank you for sharing Hope's experiences, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Denise. This is an important message to me, and I hope to others as well.

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      Denise W Anderson 3 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      This is such a moving story, Bill. You really understand how people feel. May we all heed its message!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, you'll have to keep reading to find out. You have a suspicious mind my friend. :) Thanks, buddy!

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hope is wonderful. What wonderful truths and wonderful caring. She talks like this guy I know though. Hmm, makes me wonder just who this little girl is really. :-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Audrey! I'm really glad you like Hope.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      This is a beautiful piece Bill!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Dabble....this is a piece of writing I hope everyone embraces. :)

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      DabbleYou 3 years ago

      It's a beautiful story. Only a wise author can write such a sensitive piece that reflects on hope for us. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, there is always Hope. Take a deep breath my friend. You'll get the work done and it will be high quality like it always is.

      thank you always

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      esmonaco, thank you very much. I'm glad you embrace Hope as I do. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, we have trouble in River City, and I share your concerns...all I know to do is raise awareness and spread a message of hope and love...join me?

      Dry your eyes my friend. We have work to do.

      bill....and thank you!

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, I love this and definitely needed this bit of hope today on a crazy Tuesday morning as I am working for two separate clients as I type this. Thank you for sharing your words of wisdom and hope here today. Wishing you a glorious day now ;)

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Wow! Bill, All I can say is, What a beautiful piece. Thanks so much for Hope :)

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      Ahhh.....You are trying to cheer me up on this rainy morning.

      You forgot to mention the starving puppy on the side of the gutter.

      Yesterday was one of those crying blubbering days. You do not want to get me started again, today.

      Reality Bites! The lines are blurred and people are disheartened.

      Disinformation and un-truths have undermined the foundation of

      society both morally and mentally. At this point, all we can do is

      shine a light on the needs of a broken people. I worry. At some point,

      will we have our own "Trail Of Tears"?

      Your write was done with great sensitivity.

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I am humbled by your words. Thank you dear friend.

      bill

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      You should never worry about hitting the mark, bill! Your writing slams into us no matter what the emotion; the sign of a great writer and that's what you are.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, thank you! I'm glad this touched you in such a way...it was meant to, but a writer always worries about hitting the mark. I can stop worrying now.

      Have a wonderful day my friend, and thank you for sharing Hope with others.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Maria. This one is three years coming....I meant to write the sequel, but kept getting sidetracked. It is time. :)

      love,

      bill

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      I have tears in my eyes, bill. This is so compassionate. I wish I could share it with those in government; they are the ones who should read as well as every other person in this country.

      I'm sharing it but it won't reach those who have the power will it? We've got to make sure that the message reaches them though. We have to shout loudly enough.

      Wonderful, bill.

      Ann

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      When two of the finest writers I have the pleasure of calling friend select the good word of HOPE as a character's name...all feels right in my world.

      Now I have two books I will be adding to my A+ reading list!

      Happy Tuesday, dear Bill! Love, Maria

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, Hope is just growing up from my first novel....she is a natural extension of that book, and now the story is about her and the hope she brings to the world. This story has been waiting in the wings for three years...it is time to tell it. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Merrci...and bless you as well.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Buildreps, I do believe that my friend. Thank you!

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Your Hope could very well have been my Hope had she not died in her mother's womb. However, her (my Hope's) rainbow lived on to heal others. I guess your Hope is doing the same thing in her own way.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Timely and so well said. We all need hope in our lives. Bless you!

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      Buildreps 3 years ago from Europe

      Awesome, William. You're doing such a great job.

      Love is the only thing that holds the Universe together.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Mary, and I'm fine with that comment. I wanted to leave that impression with Hope and to use some of Christ's qualities in a modern setting.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, thank you very much. Without hope, what have we. I understand that quote....and I probably embrace it. :)

      Thank you as always my friend, and blessings today and down the road.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Not sure how you will feel about this comment but I see your child named Hope as Christ-like. The sad part is people didn't listen then so most of them won't listen now.

      It all begins with us....

      This is a beautiful and sad series Bill with your beautiful writer's touch.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful, interesting and pinned.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Well Bill, the world surely need Hope right now. Without hope we're all lost souls. There was a wonderfully clever quote in Downton Abby last Sunday. "Hope is a tease designed to prevent us from accepting reality." Many of us would dearly love to deny the current reality facing us in these trying times. Hope is probably one of your best piece of writing, it makes an impression no matter how many times I read it. Blessing always.