Recycling Hope – Pam Cunningham’s Story
February 18, 2014 at 3:35 pm Categories: Recycling Hope, Stories
On December 8, 2013 I purchased a “Hope” key chain for one of my sisters who has been away from the Lord for over 30 years. I knew she was who needed to be given hope. I planned to give her the charm for Christmas along with a letter pouring my heart out to her about the love of Jesus and the hope we have in HIM. I was waiting for God to reveal to me exactly what He wanted me to say to her. Christmas came and went and the charm remained on my dresser.
On January 21, 2014, our son Jake was in a sledding accident that led us to the UK hospital ER and then to the ICU. God was so present with us and I knew that our hope and trust was in Him during this very scary situation. Mike, Debbie and Pete Kirk came to be with us in the emergency room. As they were getting ready to leave, Debbie came to me and said…”I bought this several weeks ago not knowing who I would need to give it to and have been waiting for God to show me….this is for you.” And she slipped into my hand a “Hope” necklace. I can’t begin to express to you how much this gift meant to me. I’m a Christian…I have hope…right? Yes of course I do….but in a moment of emergency and overwhelming fear, this simple, beautiful necklace reminded me so powerfully of the HOPE we do have in Christ. I needed that tangible reminder.
A few hours later as we were in the ICU room with Jake, I received a text message from my sister saying that she was praying for Jake. I can’t remember ever hearing her say she was praying for anything. At 4am that morning Jake began to show much progress in becoming alert and communicating with the nurses. My sister was on her porch at 4am praying for Jake. God heard her prayer! My hope was renewed again! I will be sending her hope charm to her this week. My letter to her will not only be filled with my love pouring out to her but I will be able to encourage her with the hope that God heard and answered her prayers for Jake….even though she may be far from Him. God is at work…He is our HOPE!