Throughout all of life’s trials, hope gives us the strength to rebuild and confidently reinvent our circumstances. “Rays of Hope” is an original piece for handbells that depicts the remnants of a storm that has passed, and then begins to hint at the light that is coming to bring us a new day. The opening illustrates the passing unrest and gives way to a bouncy theme that conjures imagery of dancing light. A thoughtful middle section reminds the listener that uncluttered days are never a given and should not be soon forgotten. But hope does return with the theme to round out the ending of the piece. Techniques such as singing bell, suspended bells with mallets, thumb damp and LV are incorporated. The texture of the piece is further enhanced by the addition of chime tree, ocean drum and/or rain sticks and optional handchimes, all combining to add interest.