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Sharing Hope in Jesus Christ

What is your story of hope?

In 1997, two days before her first birthday, Alexandra “Alex” Scott was diagnosed with a childhood cancer called neuroblastoma. She made great progress, but just before her fourth birthday, doctors learned that the tumors were growing again.

“When I get out of the hospital, I’m starting a lemonade stand,” she said to her parents. She did, near their home in Connecticut, with her brother. They took in over $2,000 to give to charity.

But it wasn’t until the family moved to Philadelphia to be close to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia that the media caught wind. That’s when things really began to take off. Here was a sick child helping other sick children. Could others get in on the act?

Homemade stands began springing up around the country. By 2004, there was at least one “Alex’s Lemonade Stand” in all 50 states. Alex set her sights on an audacious goal. What if the stands could somehow bring in $1 million to help fund pediatric cancer research?

By the summer of 2004, with the help of children from coast to coast, the goal was surpassed. But Alex’s health was failing. On August 1, she succumbed to the cancer she had battled almost all her life. She was 8 years old.

On her ninth birthday, her parents, Jay and Liz Scott, launched the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to continue the work she had started. ALSF has now raised more than $120 million, and has helped fund 550 cutting-edge research projects. Its motto is Curing Cancer, One Cup at a Time.

This is only one story of how we humans respond when things get difficult. When life gives us lemons, make a stand.

What is your story of hope? Where did you make a stand?

One person’s testimony can literally change hundreds… thousands. On the day of Pentecost, Peter stood up before the crowds and testified to what Jesus had done among the eleven in his ministry in Galilee and Judea. And when it was all said and done, thousands were converted.

But that’s not the most remarkable thing. Just a few chapters later in Acts 9, there was one disciple named Ananias who responded to a word from the Lord: “Go up the street and look for the arch-persecutor of the church called Saul, he’s praying. He is my instrument, to bring my name to the Gentiles. Go and lay hands on him and remain with him.” Ananias was obedient, and one person was introduced to the God’s grace: Saul of Tarsus, otherwise known as the Apostle Paul, the great missionary to the Gentiles.

Stories of Hope can be grand, or they can involve lots of people.  What is your story of hope? This fall, as we prayerfully consider God’s leading in the year to come, I pray that you will consider where God is leading you to Share Hope in Jesus Christ.

We all have a story of hope.  How will you share yours?

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