The Hope

The news cycle on Saturday, January 21, 2017, caused distress for rational people all over our nation as they viewed hate-filled women using profanity and shouting vile, even traitorous, messages. As I watched the clips being played on TV, I felt an intense sadness and wondered about hope for young girls growing up in this culture. Then, late in the day, I received a reminder.

Julianne, a serious scholar and incredible athlete I was privileged to teach during my time as a university professor, had posted a picture on Facebook of herself with her younger daughter. This photo was taken following an activity when mothers and daughters separately wrote messages to each other and then shared them at the Mother-Daughter brunch they were attending.

When I saw the picture and read the message Julianne’s daughter had written, tears brimmed in my eyes and I knew I was being reminded of The Hope. Julianne wrote above the picture, “ . . . it was such an honor to receive this message from my sweet Millie. I am so thankful that she understands what is most important to me and chooses to serve Him. What a blessing it was to spend time together this morning praying for one another.  . . . ”

Julianne is an awesome Christian mom to her daughters, Millie and Mattie, (and to her sons) and she is reaping the rewards of her faithfulness. I pray that many young mothers in my community and throughout our nation will come to know Christ in the way Julianne knows and loves Him so they can share that love with their children.

“Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord, for our hope is in you alone.” Psalm 33:22 (NLT)

(Picture used with permission)


  1. Beautiful message, wonderful illustration of the point.

    1. Vanilla, thank you for your affirmation. My prayer and hope is that the young people of our nation will turn to Christ.