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.

Hospital chaplain Adam Ruiz; photo by Alton Strupp-USA TODAY NETWORK

Amazing Acts of Compassion During the Covid Crisis

A hospital chaplain tells us what inspired him during the difficult early months of the pandemic.

Roberta Messner at the nail salon; photo by Scott Goldsmith

The Manicurist Who Changed Her Life

Annie gave her gorgeous red nails. But it was the profound advice she offered that helped the author change her entire outlook on life.

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A child dressed as an angel for a Christmas pageant; Getty Images

Everyday Blessings: Let Kids Shine

Lifestyle expert Katie Brown shares how her church’s Christmas pageant helped some kids excel in unexpected ways.

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Scorched trees following a fire

Mysterious Ways: Rising from the Ashes

A raging wildfire had destroyed her home and possessions, but a scrap of charred paper served to bolster her faith when she needed it most.

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Jon W. Sparks as Santa; photo by Karen Pulfer Focht

A Day in the Life of Santa Claus

Meet Jon W. Sparks, a Memphis-based writer and actor who has dedicated himself to portraying ol’ Saint Nick.

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Teddy posing with Marbles, a Western Screech owl

How Rehabbing Wild Animals Helped Her Cope with Debilitating Pain

She has chronic intractable migraine disease, but Teddy Flory puts animals first.

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Susan Jane Brown and Mark Webb; photo by Randy Boverman

Loggers and Environmentalists Came Together in this Oregon Town

Two adversaries, brought together by faith, are working toward a sustainable future for the community.

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Doc Pomus performs in a nightclub; credit: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

The Story of a Song: Save the Last Dance for Me

Doc Pomus, who wrote songs for Elvis Presley, Andy Williams and Ray Charles, based one of his biggest hits on a moment from his own life.

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Susan Jane Brown and Mark Webb; video by Randy Boverman

Two Former Adversaries Offer Tips on Building Bridges

A man who works in the forest industry and a woman who is an attorney working on environmental issues shares how they managed to find common ground despite their adversarial backgrounds.

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Edwina Perkins; photo by Grant Halverson

A Kenyan Christmas: Hot Weather, Elaborate Costumes and a Live Elephant

The family was on a mission trip in Africa for the holidays. Could they find joy and embrace new traditions so far from home?

Post Cards 9-11 memorial on Staten Island in New York City (Alamy)

9/11 Memorials Around the Country

From New York to Hawaii, towns and cities across the nation have constructed moving memorials so that we never forget the thousands who were lost during the September 11 terrorist attacks. 

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Meeting Mother Teresa Led Him to a Life of Service

Hal Donaldson’s inspiring nonprofit, Convoy of Hope, feeds millions of people around the world.

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

How Two Women Found Healing from Their Family's Difficult Legacy of Slavery

The pair—one Black, the other white—became friends while dealing with their family’s painful history.

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Col. Christopher Whelan; photo by Scott Goldsmith

How He Helps to Keep the Legacy of Flight 93 Alive

An Army officer remembers a beloved family member and the other 39 heroes who died in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on September 11, 2001.

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George Turner, Jr.; photo by Dan MacMedan

God Blessed This Bike Shop Owner with a New Path

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 Shannon Thompson

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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