There are signs of HOPE all over Texas City and here is how it happened.
On Saturday, November 19, 2016, the Rev. Robin Reeves of St. George’s Episcopal Church charged cub and boy scout troops, members and visitors to their Annual Bazaar, to take a couple of Signs of HOPE and put them where there seemed to be HOPELESSNESS in their city. The scout group took it upon themselves to help make her dream of creating a field of 500 signs of HOPE a reality. Along the way they were caught up in the joy of this simple word and began making Branded signs of HOPE.
The seeds of the idea were planted several years ago when Reeves, in a meeting with Mayor Matthew Doyle, learned that his deepest concern was "for our youth and their lack of a vision or a hope for a future.” In response, St. George’s built a community garden, in partnership with Blocker Middle School, Galveston County Food Bank and DSW Builders so local kids could learn how to grow and eat nutritious food.
"You may have seen pumpkin patches,” Reeves said, “but they have to be replanted. HOPE is eternal and we want to cover the field with 500 hand-painted signs of HOPE, then invite people to pick one and carry it into the community to plant them throughout our neighborhoods.”
“As Baptized Christians we profess in word that God is our Hope through Jesus Christ. The HOPE signs project is a way for us to proclaim in action this reality. The best time to put out HOPE signs is when you are lacking HOPE. It is what I call Holy Defiance or not giving into the temptation to despair.”
The signs of HOPE are an opportunity to return to God and put our Trust in God and God alone, not a man or government. They also provide an opportunity for us to take the high road and demonstrate love, peace, and joy in the midst of great unrest. It is an opportunity to say in spite of what is happening we have HOPE because God is good. This is our inheritance to share with the world. May we do so boldly.
You may need the HOPE sign for yourself to remind you God is God and what is happening currently is not the end of the story. Post it in a place you can see and consider praying this prayer daily during Advent with us as we await the celebration of the birth of HOPE into the world.
Prayer: My soul waits for the Lord
More than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
O Israel (O America), put your hope in the LORD,
for with the LORD is unfailing love
and with him is full redemption. (Psalm 130: 6-7)
I invite you to be part of this movement of HOPE, a sign at a time, making this a national movement. So, get your HOPE Sign today. Use it for yourself, your home and your work place. Get a lot of them for your friends and families for the upcoming holidays. Give the signs of HOPE:
Make a donation between $5 and $ 50 for a Hope sign at www.StGeorgestc.org or by mailing in your order to 510 13th Ave N. Texas City, 77590. All the donations go to enable St. George's to support at-risk youth and their families. We invite you to contribute closer to the high end of the range as you are able so that we can offer the same item for people who have little to no financial resources.
If the low end is too high for you, just take a Hope sign with you and think of exchanging it with other currencies such as time, relationship and talent that you can offer to our ministry.
Donations can be made at
The Rev. Dr. Eric H. F. Law
The Kaleidoscope Institute