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Hope Heals

Last September, I attended a wedding in Schenley Plaza followed by a reception held at the Monterey Bay Fish Grotto. It was a stunning celebration from the horse drawn carriage at the ceremony all the way through to dinner and dancing high above the city lights of Pittsburgh.

Even though this event was incredibly beautiful, what made it truly spectacular was the ministry the wedding couple chose to recognize on their special day. Katherine and Jay Wolf, cofounders of Hope Heals, helped perform the wedding ceremony and then were seated in a place of honor at the reception. There wasn’t a dry eye when Katherine spoke and prayed prior to dinner. A hush came over the two hundred guests as the Holy Spirit’s presence was felt in a way that can’t be explained in human language.

Since 2008, this vibrant couple has been disrupting the myth that joy can only be found in a pain-free life. They run Hope Heals Camp for families affected by disability. The wedding couple had spent several weeks volunteering at Hope Heals Camp while they dated. Both the bride and groom said their time spent volunteering at Hope Heals Camp profoundly changed their lives.

After dinner was served, many people gathered on the dance floor and I had the privilege of dancing alongside Jay and Katherine Wolf. Katherine is in a wheelchair and kept up with her husband and everyone around her. They both had huge smiles on their faces as the 90’s songs played. It was a surreal and beautiful moment. Holy Spirit’s strong aura was all over this special evening because of the Christ-like love that was so generously shared with all of the guests. It was an experience I won’t forget.

God, what hope we have as believers in Jesus Christ! And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with love. Romans 5:5 Thank you! Amen.

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 NLT

True Hope is a future promise, lived out in the present.—Katherine Wolf

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