For 15 years, I worked in the development department of a local non-profit and I remember the needs of the community far outweighing the funds available to support the folks in need. So, it warmed my heart this past Saturday to witness an evening where hope soared. Soaring Spirits International successfully hosted an inspiring fundraiser to benefit widows and widowers asking “what now?” after their person dies.
The photo below takes me to a deeper dive.
Its image speaks of those present and one who is missing—my beloved husband, Dan, the father and grandfather of our precious family shown below.
“What you are supporting tonight is not grief. What you are supporting tonight is resilience.”
Michele Neff Hernandez–Hope Rises Gala, 2023
If you were here, Dan, we’d whisper,
That’s our baby! Full grown and creating something wonderful from tragedy.
We would speak of our love and our pride in each and every one smiling at us from the photo, and we would ask:
What number of miracles brings us to this place?
Too many to count.