There are many ways I have seen hope lost recently. I’ve not been directly impacted by any of these events, and so only speak from what I have seen, not what I have experienced.
Hurricanes. Flooding. Wildfires.
We provide a roof over the heads of our loved ones. We are blessed with material possessions which aid us in creating memorable experiences. We hold on to books and journals because the writing is powerful and poignant in our lives. We spend time making a home with items that fit who we are, and then in a matter of hours, it’s all gone.
We pride ourselves in feeling fit and eating healthy, taking care of ourselves. Then we hear that word, “Cancer,” and what we thought we knew, crumbles beneath us.
Loss of life through gun violence.
We attend school, church, the movies, a music concert or any number of other places that we can’t imagine experiencing fear, and we are gunned down, injured, and traumatized.
There is little we can say to bring comfort or peace. It seems impossible to replace what’s been lost.
It reminds me that this life is precious and who we surround ourselves with, will endure through the difficult times. But even when you believe in God, it’s tough,
So what happens when hope feels lost?
We can turn to God’s Word, His presence being the comfort and peace we need when there are no answers. Only through Him, can we find the hope we need to move forward.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 6 If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. 7 And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.” – 2 Corinthians 1:3-7