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Pastor and writer Bruce Larson on a visit to the Menninger Clinic, asked the staff to identify the single most important ingredient in the treatment of the mentally disturbed. They were unanimous in singling out hope as the most important factor, but went on to confess they didn’t really know how to “dispense” hope to a patient. It is a quality of the spirit, and thus an elusive gift. Yet they could tell right away when a patient turned the corner in treatment and for the first time believed the future did not have to be the same as the troubled present.

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