For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. Romans 8:24-25

August 4, 2012 – Shine your light

When Hannah was in the hospital, she had to wear a pulse/ox monitor on her finger to measure her pulse and oxygen levels.  This pulse/ox had a red light that “glowed” when it was dark. One day  I mentioned to Hannah that she looked like E.T., to which she responded “what?” as she had never seen the movie.  I didn’t think too much more about it, but later that night I was sleeping and I woke up and saw Hannah’s finger in the air.  As I came closer I could hear her quietly singing… “This little light of mine”.  This brought tears to my eyes…my thoughts were of a silly movie, Hannah’s were much higher…her light for Jesus!

Hannah always let her light shine for Jesus.  Her love and care for people showed brightly in all she did.  She looked after and played with younger children, she reached out to everyone, she shared, she gave and she just loved everyone.  Hannah was a friend to all, and made everyone (young and older) feel special.

A few months after Hannah died we were cleaning out some of her things, and in her lunch pack that she took to a little camp she went to during the summer there were some things stuffed in a side pocket.  When we opened this up we found a snack and a sweet little note to a girl named Gabby at the camp.  Gabby had not brought a snack each day and Hannah had worried about her and and had shared her snack with her.  She had come home one day so upset because Gabby had not come back.  When cleaning out the bag we found out that she had written a sweet note to her new friend Gabby and had brought her a snack without our knowledge, and since her friend never returned, she had not been able to share it with her.  Hannah was always concerned with others and how to serve them.

To quote a song by the Sidewalk Prophets….”I want to live like that”, I want to have the love for others that Hannah has.  Until I get to see my little girl again, I want to live like she did.  I want my light to shine brightly for Jesus, just as Hannah’s light shined so brightly!

In Him!


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  • Mbbgrace

    Now that is how I remember Hannah. Always the giver and the one who is in-tuned to the needs of those around her. Her light shined everytime I was with her. I miss her and I wish I could place her back in your arms. She is so blessed to have such a great mommy down here who will not stop fighting for her Savior’s glory no matter how tuff the situation. You are making Hannah proud.

  • TheHopeofHannah

    Thank you Marybeth!

  • Mbbgrace

    That is how I remember Hannah. The way she reached out to Baylee to make her feel comfortable. The first thing I noticed about that precious girl was how she was so focused on others rather than the typical 8 year old who is more inwardly focused. Her shining light was bright and I will never forget it. I too want to live like Hannah. Marybeth