Today my friend, Chuck, called me. He was in despair. It turns out that he has gum disease. The dental clinic in our neighborhood diagnosed it and offered to fix it for a pretty hefty fee, money he just does not have.
He asked me what to do.
I called my friendly neighbor, Bob, who happens to be a dentist. Bob kindly offered to see Chuck and give him a second opinion regarding the extent of the problem and how aggressively it should be treated.
Bob cautioned that he himself might not be able to treat Chuck, but he would give him an assessment for free.
I said, “I’ve heard there are dental clinics for low income people.” He replied, “Yes, there is in fact a really good clinic in St. Paul. They provide free dental care to people who don’t have the means to pay for care.” And are you ready for this? The name of the clinic is “Hope Dental Clinic”! HOPE, indeed.
So, how about that for an act of hope? I was able to call Chuck and offer him an act of kindness from Dr. Bob, and I could offer him the possibility that he could be seen for free at a good dental clinic.
I was happy to call Chuck to offer this overwhelming gift of HOPE.