How can we offer hope to someone who is suffering?

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If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Providing hope to someone whose days are dark with worry or who is suffering with a serious illness is also giving them courage and the vitality to keep moving. What are some things we can do to bring that touch of hope?

  • When you’re with the person, tell them when you will be returning so they can anticipate the next time you’ll be together.
  • If you’re aware of an expected visitor, remind the person that someone special is planning to visit. You could even put it on their calendar.
  • Promise to call them at a designated time each day or week (and be sure to do it).
  • When visiting in person, leave 7 tiny surprise packages – with instructions to open one after dinner each night. Each evening ends with inspired hope.
  • Give them a goal to work toward or invite them to attend an event.
  • Mail cards with notes of encouragement and hope inside regularly.
  • Write out and post messages of hope from the Bible around the person’s home

All of these are little ways to give people a bit of joy on a dark day. To give them something to look forward to – a touch of hope.



Karen Mulder

Karen Mulder

Karen Mulder is the founder of the Wisdom of the Wounded ministry. She lives in Holland, Michigan with her husband Larry.