It is hard to see in the dark. During hard times in our lives, we can feel alone and unseen. What difference does it make in our circumstances if we know that God sees us, knows our story, and hears our groans? What role does a spirit of gratitude have in empowering us to live with peace, and joy in the storm? Hope is a light that can light our path and encourage others on their journey. Martha Manning says, “Religion is for people who are afraid to go to hell; Spirituality is for people who have already been there.” If God sees us and we trust his heart, we can live with hope and not fear. And that is contagious.