Friends from many different parts of our community joined us at First Church of Christ to assemble the first 100 baskets for Basket of Hope!!

I look back on the evening with such amazement…..

God can take the deepest valley and transform it into a mountaintop.

God can take the tiniest gifts and transform them into gigantic treasures.

God can take ordinary people and places and create extraordinary events with extraordinary results!

Just when you think something seems impossible, remember that “with God ALL things are possible” and that He “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us!” Those are promises from His Word!!!!!!!!!!!!

We miss Nick so much. Watching the news tonight and seeing video footage from past news stories of Nick’s journey through cancer was so hard for me. To see him smiling and being interviewed…….shew!!!

At the very same time, there is a deep and abiding joy and peace in my heart in spite of my terrible heartache.

A peace and joy that come from the hope and very certain belief of spending eternity with him!

So as we begin this ministry called Basket of Hope, I thank God for Nick’s life and inspiration!

I pray for each family who will receive a basket at some time in the future. God already knows who these families are……..and He has prepared a way of sharing His Hope with these families when the time is right for them to hear it.

I think this is how God works all the time…..He is constantly smoothing rough places before people arrive…..making a way for them to survive the next tough thing in their life journey……

Lord, Open my eyes to the many times you smooth rough places for me and my family. Continue to give me the only Hope that is eternal……I love you, Lord.

Thankful for Hope!