by Susan Sanders, Community Relations Director

Monday morning when I returned to work from vacation and the Easter Holidays, I was greeted with this beautiful Pansy that would not take no for an answer! It sprung up in the cracks of the front porch.
The pansy didn’t stop, refuse to take root, and stop growing because it was not professionally planted in a manicured flower bed. The pansy didn’t give up and call it quits. On the contrary, the pansy looked for any opportunity to find hope that even though the odds were against it, it would flourish.
The lesson from a pansy: How so like our work here at Hospice of Marshall County – Shepherd’s Cove. We serve families every day that are living with issues that seem hopeless. Our mission and calling is to walk with them on this end-of-life journey and encourage them to NOT give up! Even though the odds seem against them, we can help them see there is hope, albeit a hope that may look different from the hope of a cure. This new kind of hope is one of peace, comfort and life closure.
The lesson from a pansy: How so like life and the promise of Easter. When life comes against you and things seem bleak. When the world seems like it gets crazier every day, we are not to give up and quit. We look to the One who didn’t quit and give up on us, but gave His life so that we could flourish.
Amen and Amen.

0328160940aHope springs eternal in the human breast;
Man never is, but always to be blessed:
The soul, uneasy and confined from home,
Rests and expatiates in a life to come.
– Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man