HOPE-Story-dollLet me tell you the story of, “Hope” my beautiful doll.

I was at a friend’s house watching him clean out a storage unit that was left by his deceased mother.

As I walked by a large garbage container I noticed a discarded rubber doll.

She was covered with dirt and debris. Her little sun suit was full of holes, and she didn’t appear to have hope of restoration.

I reached down and recovered her from the trash. I thought if I clean her up and give her new clothes, she will once again have value. I took Hope home and began the restoration process.

As I put Hope under the water and began washing her hair, Jesus spoke to me. He said: “You are doing for the doll what I did for you.”

My garments were filthy and torn from years of abuse. I was without hope in the eyes of many. One day Jesus looked down and said: “If I recover her from the darkness, clean her up and give her new garments, I can restore her worth and she will be beautiful once again.

I gave Hope her name because she is a symbol of what time, patience and love can do for someone who seems to be hopeless. I don’t believe the prodigal was looking his best the day he showed up at the father’s house. But love wrapped around the prodigal, and gave him back his worth.

Zec. 3:4 (NET) The angel spoke up to those standing all around, “Remove his filthy clothes.” Then he said to Joshua, “I have freely forgiven your iniquity and will dress you in fine clothing.

Never give up!