Cultivating a Spirit of Gratitude

Posted by Emma Clarke

It is difficult to maintain a spirit of thankfulness in a consumer-driven world.  Chicago Hope is blessed by its status as an Independent Christian high school in that we can practice and teach an attitude of gratitude and giving back.  Thanksgiving is an important time of the year to focus on these character traits.  At Hope, we celebrate this season by taking a half-day, having chapel, and eating a potluck together before breaking for the holiday. 

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This year, students, faculty, staff, and families will attend chapel at 11:45am on Wednesday, the 21st, then share a meal at 12:30pm.  Everyone brings a dish and a thankful spirit.  We would love it if you would join us.

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We have a lot to be thankful for this year.  Our students are hard-working, hilarious, and have built a real community.  We have been blessed with a great new field and athletic complex.  But beyond that, we are blessed to be able to do meaningful work and be a part of shaping these young lives. 

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We are often told that what we are seeking to do: provide a Christian college and life preparatory education that is affordable for everyone, is improbable at the best of times, impossible at the worst of times, and unwise at the very least.  But we have the knowledge that, “In honesty you have to admit to a wise man that prayer is not for the wise, not for the prudent, not for the sophisticated. Instead it is for those who recognize that in face of their deepest needs, all their wisdom is quite helpless. It is for those who are willing to persist in doing something that is both childish and crucial” (Frederick Buechner).  It is through constant prayer and trust in the Spirit that we have come this far, and seen such amazing results. 

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We are also blessed with an abundance of creativity as we seek to find ways to expose our students to the world outside of Chicago, encourage their spirit of giving back, and serve the underprivileged of our neighborhood.  One such method is the Christmas Tree and Wreath Sales that we hold every year. Click the buttons below for more info about ordering or donating christmas trees or wreaths.

Tree/Wreath Order Form    Donate Wreath

The proceeds of the tree and wreath sales fund our senior mission trip to Mexico.  Every year our seniors forgo a prom in favor of taking this service trip to build homes with YWAM. (see below).

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Also, this year we are launching a new program: a $40 donation will donate a wreath to be delivered to a family in need along with a box of rice krispie treats, a story about Jesus and a smile.  If you have any questions about the sales or a donation, please email

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