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Meet Jill Thompson (Legacy Retreat Coordinator)
Several years ago I received a phone call from my best friend’s husband that she had come out of surgery well, but the tumor was malignant. I had been called to their home to take care of their children, as well as my own, while they had rushed to a nearby hospital to get the surgery. As I continued with the daily activities of caring for all the little people surrounding me, I had to take a moment to stop and do the only thing I could think of doing at that moment. I got on my knees and, through my tears, I prayed for my friend. I prayed for her husband and her sweet children who I adore. I prayed for healing and peace and hope.
Certainly, as a close friend there were many practical things I could do to help my friend and her family but, beyond the day-to-day chores, ultimately there were many moments when I felt so helpless and powerless. I have since learned that I cannot “fix” her problem. Clearly, this was a situation that even the doctors felt pessimistic about “fixing.” However, I learned through my friend and our journey together that HOPE is really not dependent on circumstances. We all have a choice in how we live our lives. Regardless of the time we are given on earth, we make many choices each day that greatly impact the legacy we leave behind.
Although I know I cannot “fix” many tragic circumstances in the lives of families around me, I have seen lives changed, communities fostered and families strengthened through Inheritance of Hope Legacy Retreats. For these reasons, it is my honor and pleasure to serve as the Legacy Retreat Coordinator for Inheritance of Hope. Ultimately, I believe that “Every Family Deserves a Legacy”® and it is my hope that families who have a parent with a life-threatening illness and young children will find hope, love, and community through our Legacy Retreats.
I love my job! I look forward to hearing from you.