Dear Editor,

My beautiful wife arrived home tonight at the very end of “Shaw Shank Redemption.” Being one of our favorite movies, she removed her shoes and snuggled next to me on the sofa, just as Morgan Freeman uncovered the metal box hid next to the stone wall. In the box was an envelope of money, along with a letter from “Andy” explaining his plan and whereabouts. Through the message was written a “GLINT” of hope and “HOPE” is a good thing. Where there is hope there is always goodness.

Every Hollywood film that has ever been written, is written in a style that entertains our thoughts, holds our attention and opens up our hearts and minds. Sometimes we leave the theater laughing and at times crying, but either way, it brings to mind who we are, where we are and why we even exist.

At times, we are all stuck in that space, where we question our faith, our beliefs and our own hearts.

“HOPE” is defined as a feeling that something will happen to fullfil our expectation of the things we “HOPE” for. My definition of hope is knowing that no matter what happens in my life, I will be okay. When my good friend, Charles Claypool was diagnosed with cancer years ago, I thought it best to comfort him in some way. Charles looked at me with a huge smile and said, “No matter what happens its a “WIN WIN” situation for me. If I get well, I win, if I pass away, I win.

Charles was our minister and he gave me more hope and more understanding than I ever deserved.

As I think of those who lost loved ones this week in the tornadoes of Arkansas and Kansas, I pray they have “HOPE’ in things to come.

Sometimes, it seems the only thing in life we have is “HOPE” and it allows us all to move forward.

I Corinthians 13:13, and now abide faith, hope and love, these three; but the greatest of these is LOVE!!!

God Bless,

Rich Lucas