Several weeks ago, I spent the morning studying hope.
Later on in the day, I had a beautiful conversation about grace and hope with my dad. He read to me the following quote that he had found in his study for a talk he was working on.
Another affirmative endowment of grace is the gift of hope, which blesses us with the state of mind necessary to deal with the gap between where we are and where we seek to be. As the remission of our sins makes us lowly of heart and meek enough to receive the Holy Ghost, the Comforter fills us with “hope.” (See Moro. 8:25–26.) The gift of hope offers peace and perspective, like the encouragement we feel when a close friend gives us insight about a difficult problem and we sense that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Such hope can be literally life-sustaining when given us by the Savior, for the light at the end of life’s darkest tunnels is the Light and the Life of the world. -Bruce C. Hafen, Beauty for Ashes: The Atonement of Jesus Christ
I was so touched by it that I asked him to email it to me.
Later on that evening, our adoption plan ended.
I called my parents that night to let them know what had happened. As soon as I heard my dad’s voice, mine cracked. I can put on a brave face for just about anyone, except my dad. I could hear the hurt in the my voice mirrored in his.
When I woke up in the morning the quote he had read to me the previous afternoon was sitting in my inbox as a glorious reminder that the Savior is the Light at the end of the tunnel, offering both “peace and perspective.”
Every kid needs a dad. A dad is there in the trenches with you. His heart hurts when yours hurts. He knows what you need without you even knowing what you need (and sometimes without knowing that he knows what you need.) A dad suffers when he can’t make your heartache disappear.
A dad tells you he is proud of you, that he loves you, that he would drop anything to be there for you–and not only does he say it, he does it. A dad always seems to know just what to say to make the world seem right again.
Every kid needs a dad …especially me.