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No matter how old we are, where we live, or what we believe – there are times in everyone’s life that cause us to struggle. An it’s in those times that we want nothing else but a word of hope and instead are so often surrounded by trite platitudes and false promises.
This is not that.
This small book was written to be something different: to uplift those who need it, to bring grace and love and light to the darkest times, and to be a voice of hope in the world where hope is often at a premium.
Read it yourself and be uplifted, or gift it to someone going through dark days.
We all need a little hope in difficult times. This is just a place to start.
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Why everyone needs a little hope sometimes:
Have you ever lost someone you love, or had cancer or another illness, and the people around you didn’t know what to say?
Whew. We are so bad at this.
We are a country full of fixers.
We want to just make it better and move it along.
We do this with grief especially – we have timelines of when we think people should be “over it.”
Or with depression and anxiety, we say things like “just go outside and it’ll help.”
We bring meals and those are helpful yes, but we drop it off and don’t stay to talk or more importantly, sit and listen.
We are distance caregivers.
And when it’s us that needs the care, we are even worse.
We don’t want to burden anyone.
Someone else has it so much worse than we do, we think.
So we don’t ask for help, for a hug, for prayer.
We definitely don’t tell anyone how we’re really doing – we just say “I’m fine.”
Here’s a little truth bomb for you – we’re all going through something.
Some of us have lost someone.
Some of us are really sick.
Some of us are struggling and no one knows it.
And they are all equally valid.
Suffering is suffering.
We don’t have to compare it to someone else’s suffering and then use theirs to invalidate our own.
All suffering is suffering.
So that’s why we all need a little hope.
When I first started writing this little weekly email (before it turned into a book) someone asked me if it was only for people with cancer.
I mean it started that way, but that’s not who it’s for.
It’s for everyone who needs to be uplifted.
Everyone who has had a bad day, week, month, year.
We all need a little hope.
So that’s what this book and movement is about. Spreading hope to those who need it.
And that’s all of us.
Natalia Terfa is a pastor at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. She is passionate about grace, yoga, and reading. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and daughter – the love of her life.
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Prizes: Win 2 copies of UPLIFT by Natalia Terfa or a $20 Amazon gift card (2 winners, open to USA & CAN)
Ends Jan 28
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