Stories of Hope

Hopeful stories are windows into the wonderful possibilities life has to offer. Stories of hope bring to life the ways in which people support each other, miracles make lives better, and individuals find new roads through challenging times. Turn to stories about hope whenever you need an encouraging boost on your path toward your best life.

Betty Kilby Fisher Baldwin (left) and Phoebe Kilby; photo by James Kegley

How Two Women with a Shared Past Came Together to Heal

The pair—one was Black and the other was white—became friends while dealing with their family’s difficult legacy of slavery.  

George Turner, Jr.; photo by Dan MacMedan

He Dreamed of Sharing His Love of Bikes with Others

He was sure the pandemic would spell the end of his struggling bicycle shop. His pastor—and the Man Upstairs—had other ideas.

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Rebecca Benjamin and her husband, Mike; photo by Kelly Dunn

A Mountaintop Rescue Came Together with God's Help

She'd reached her goal of 46 Adirondack peaks in four months, but her husband broke his leg in the descent. How could she get him safely down the mountain?

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Heather Henry and her son Tim;  photo by Jim Graham

How an Art Class Gave This Worried Mom Hope

She feared her son would never overcome his drug addiction—until she received divine assurance.

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Journey's Jonathan Cain

Don’t Stop Believin’

A rock song that has inspired millions for decades sprang from a bit of fatherly advice.

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Phoebe Kilby and Betty Ann Kilby Fisher Baldwin

Two Cousins Who Both Descend from a Slave Owner on Faith and Healing

Phoebe Kilby and Betty Ann Kilby Fisher Baldwin reveal how their unlikely discovery that they were cousins helped Phoebe grasp more fully the marks racism and slavery have left and Betty to more fully embrace the practice of forgiveness.

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Actor William Gargan

Guideposts Classics: William Gargan on the Blessings of Acceptance

In this story from May 1963, actor William Gargan, who amassed over 100 film credits over 30 years, shares how a cancer diagnosis ended his career but gave him a new purpose.

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Rescued harbor seals Billy (left) and Gracie

How Two Blind Seals Gave Her the Hope She Needed

She was drawn to the rescued animals for a reason she didn’t understand.

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An 1880 Juneteenth celebration, with Rev. Jack Yates at far left; public domain

Juneteenth: 5 Things to Know About Our New Federal Holiday

Juneteenth, an observance that began more than 150 years ago in the African American community, is an occasion all freedom-loving Americans will now honor.

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Col. Christopher Whelan; photo by Scott Goldsmith

He Strives to Preserve the Legacy of Flight 93—and His Late Cousin

An Army officer remembers his cousin and the other 39 heroes who died in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on September 11, 2001.

Never give up on your dreams

How to Make Your Hopes and Dreams Come True

There are thousands of reasons to think we have to give up on a dream. But there is still a way.

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Kristy Dewberry holds a photo of herself and Carol; photo by Shevaun Williams

She Still Feels the Presence of Her Departed Friend

Carol was her best friend, her spiritual mentor, her second mother. How could she go on without her?

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Authentic positivity

How to Find Optimism and Hope in the Darkest of Places

It’s called “tragic optimism,” and is a meaningful, positive response to real suffering in life.

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Raylene Nickel and her farmer friends, Sam and Tony; photo by Kristine Rau

A Farmer Mentors the Next Generation

Amid the struggles of rural America, a lifelong farmer sees signs of renewal.

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