As I connect with LGBT people from all over the world I hear their pain, grief and desire for peace. I hear things such as; “I don’t want to live anymore, I pray every night God will take me.” THAT breaks my heart – no one should feel like that. Ever.
Many describe the mask they wear shielding the pain as they go about the motions of the day. Did you know studies show that hiding emotions and not dealing with past and current trauma, aches, pains and other elephants in the room will later manifest itself as depression, anxiety, sleep insomnia, eating disorders or other health issues? Yet so many people hide, living in silence – fear of coming out.
They are silently screaming for help – HOPE for a better tomorrow free from the pain they carry.
Is hope the answer? Hope ignites something within.
What is hope?
Merriam-Webster describes hope as; to want something to happen or be true and think that it could happen or be true.
According to Wikipedia; Hope is an optimistic attitude of mind based on an expectation of positive outcomes related to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large.
Hope is the second in the great trio of virtues: faith, HOPE, and charity.
Hope is the light that leads you out of darkness.
Hope triumphs fear.
Where does that kind of hope come from?
I believe the most powerful source of hope comes from God.
My eagerness to help others feel hope the kind of hope talked about in 2 Nephi 31:20. “To press forward with steadfast, having a perfect brightness of hope…
and a love of God and of all men.”
My desire to help others navigate and get through their pain in a healthy way lead me to a certification course through the World Spiritual Health Organization to become a support grievance specialist! One of my greatest joys comes from helping people gain hope as they feel the love of their Savior Jesus Christ, who is the master of life and HOPE.
I testify that Christ sees you as you are and knows you to the very core of your being AND loves you because he knows you. He is your brother – His arm is always extended offering hope – waiting patiently for your grasp to lift you up.
P.S. Thank you to all who are reading this who lift and serve others on many levels and capacities – thank YOU for giving HOPE! And thank you to the many bold and courageous Voice(s) of HOPE – that number continues to grow. Thank you.