Finding Hope - Madison
Madison was a stranger to our family who was finishing up her nursing credentials as we evoked her in prayer. Well not her, but someone who would work with our handicapped daughter. This was our daughter’s 40th year. Our parental hourglass is running low on sand.
Over those years there were many ups and downs, but we always found a way to find hope and joy in her progress. What has been the most notable thing about her life is the number of folks who either didn’t know how to deal with her, didn’t want to deal with anyone handicapped or made those good sounding promises that never came true. Every time someone enters her life Laura accepts them with unconditional love and understanding. Every time they disappoint her, she asks “What did I do wrong?” This has happened so often that whenever I hear one of those well-meaning but unlikely scenarios I intervene and say, “please don’t make promises to her that you won’t keep.” Folks got insulted over the years, frankly I don’t care. The truth hurts.
Yet over the years there have been relationships of hope and pure love. It doesn’t mean that these connections are lifelong because life holds no guarantees. But these relationships leave footprints on both hearts which change lives forever.
Madison took the time to register with the state agency that oversees Laura’s adult friendships. No one except family has done that without cajoling and long consideration. Here Madison took the initiative to take some basic information and make a phone call to start the process. A process which can be confusing and frustrating. Surely not for someone without dedication and persistence.
If I had to pick one person, who has given our family Hope going into an unknown future it is Madison. She has exhibited every trait that I hear blended though the bible; goodness, faith, compassion and love.
Prayers are answered.
- Jim Randazzo
Finding Hope within a Community of Faith
Never give up on God even when it seems hopeless