Sunday, August 31, 2014

We Believe

There can be miracles when you believe
Though hope is frail, it's hard to kill
Who knows what miracles you can achieve
When you believe, somehow you will
You will when you believe
~Whitney Houston

We are surrounded by the best people.  No, really, we are.  A couple of weeks ago, a friend of Tiffany's asked a few friends to put up a sign reading, 'We Believe in Miracles'.

What started as a few, turned into the whole neighborhood - and beyond.  At first it was a quiet thing, Tiffany nor I knew nothing about it.  But while driving to church one morning I started seeing them pop out.  At first, I wondered if it was for Tiffany or for somebody/something else, but that question was put to the side by a few individuals I talked to.  It was for Tiffany.  It was the neighborhood showing their support of Tiffany as she went into her bone marrow transplant.  I learned that part of the idea was so that the neighborhood could share with Tiffany what they were feeling as she went on her nightly walk.  The problem was, by the time these went up, Tiffany had weakened to a point that her walks that were meant to strengthen her, were no longer feasible.  So I went around the neighborhood and took a few pictures (*few* being the key word) to record for her what the neighborhood was now doing (because they never have stopped believing and hoping and helping).  It was heartwarming to say the least... when I came home and showed them to Tiffany, her eyes could not hold back the tears as they wielded large droplets in response to the love and concern shown.

There were signs everywhere - even in homes of people we don't know, or don't know very well.  That is the width and breadth of how amazing our neighborhood is.

I thought I would post a few of them for you.  Note that orange was the color of choice... Orange is the designated color for leukemia.

The end of that song by Whitney Houston goes like this...

They (miracles) don't always happen when you ask
And it's easy to give in to your fears
But when you're blinded by your pain
Can't see the way, get through the rain
A small but still, resilient voice
Says hope is very near.

We have hope, we have faith, and indeed, there is a still, small, resilient voice saying that hope is all around.



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