Go ahead and Google it … I know you are wondering … did Joel make this up? Nope. There is a cemetery in the town of Little Hope in Kentucky. You pass it on the way to Mammoth Cave National Park. I just had to stop and take a picture of the prominent sign at the entrance and sent it to our pastor, who happened to be from Kentucky. Just too funny … at least with my weird sense of humor.
More recently, I posted a cartoon on my Facebook page that I liked. It is of a Pastor preparing a sermon about giving, and he is asking his minister of music to NOT play “Jesus Paid it All.” Since I play that song often in the church orchestras I participate in, I start laughing each and every time we are asked to play it.
But, this got me thinking. What happens when you lose hope? One of my friends describes happiness as having just three simple things: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for. What happens when you give up on your hopes and dreams?
Speaking for myself, there have been times in my life when I have been tempted to do precisely that. But, something keeps driving me to complete the tasks I have started. Maybe that is hope. That I can take some of the things I have started and bring them to beneficial conclusion in service to our country, our industry and our children’s children.