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Hope on the Other Side of the Mountain

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Yes, my friend, you are home. Home to you was something comfortable and safe. Now you have a mountain in your life and don’t recognize anything. You may feel alone and heartbroken that you, or someone you love, are facing breast cancer. Do you want to share your experience with us of how you feel? Did someone do something special for you that made you feel loved? Please share your comments or click here to tell us your story. Take a moment to relax and allow me to share my “mountain experience.”

A Mountain in the Middle of the Road

Scotts Bluff National Monument, an oddly formed mountain in the middle of western Nebraska’s flat prairie land, was like a beacon of light for people traveling the Oregon, California, Mormon, and Pony Express Trails. And, it became the one landmark that helped me find my way home.

Safe Passage

Several years ago my family moved to this geographically remote area of Scottsbluff/Gering, Neb., population 25,000. We had only one view of the not-too-distant Scotts Bluff National Monument as we went about our daily routines. We were comfortable in knowing the distance from the Monument to our home. The towering presence of the mountain made us feel safe.

Search for the Other Side of the Mountain

One day my young son and I took an exploration drive around the Monument to find out what was on the other side. The closer we got to its broad base, the more it overpowered the landscape. After a while we decided we had taken on a greater challenge than we had time for in one day, so we started home. Only, the road was now unfamiliar and the sun was setting. Fascination turned to fear. We couldn’t find our way home. We knew there was only one mountain in this area and that we were not far from home, but the unfamiliar terrain became confusing. Yes, we did eventually make our way back to our home side of the mountain, but I have often thought about the way I felt during a time of uncertainty and unfamiliarity trying to find my way home.

Thought of the Week

Many of you today are on the other side of the mountain. You may be afraid of where your future takes you or even if you will find your way home. Reach out to the caring friendships of others. There is hope on the other side of the mountain. Welcome home!

Janelle

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