Monday, June 7, 2010

Hope Beyond Faith

Hope is that thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops... at all. ~Emily Dickinson

I've been thinking a lot lately about Katy Hayes in Kingwood, Texas. She had a rare case of Step throat that left her comatose after giving birth to her third child back in February. Her husband made the difficult decision to have all four of her limbs amputated in order to save her life. Upon waking this past month, she is grateful.

What is it, inside of her, that has not made her roll over and want to give up? What was it, in her husband, that risked everything to make this difficult decision? In the midst of as mixed up, messed up, jumbled up, jabbing with pain and horror of a situation that I can imagine, what keeps these people focused? What is the miracle inside of them?

Deeper than conviction, more primal than faith, hope is the inner core that allows for possiblity. Hope says there may be a divine "yes" beyond the reality check of suffering and hardship. And hope allows us to ridiculously continue to wake up, to breathe, to eat, to laugh, and to love.. despite every outward sign proving that life just isn'tworth it anymore.

For all those facing a reality check today, may you see the wings in your soul.

This planter pot is currently available for purchase in the Sacred Arts Studio on Etsy for $40.


  1. Wow...I hadn't heard that news story. How heartbreaking, and inspiring at the same time. I am floored. Hope and love are much more powerful than we as humans can ever imagine.

    I love the planter that you created. It is gorgeous. Thanks for giving me some food for thought today and making me realize that I need to be a little more grateful too.

  2. Beautiful story, thanks for sharing. Some people are just happy lovely spirits. She gets to be with her baby. I hope she always feels grateful. I won't complain so much anymore:-(

  3. that is a story i had not heard, thank you for sharing it...and what a reality check when thinking about what seem to be big life struggles of my own...mine pale by comparison.
    i saw your comment on carmen's blog, glad i found your site...your art is lovely...

  4. Your truthful words combined with Katy's story affected me deeply. How we forget our souls have wings until someone with hope like this family reminds us...

    Your planter is a beautiful tribute to Katy and her family, Cori.


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