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Links to Joy: Hope

When life seems to be at its darkest, turn around and focus on the Light.

 

Have you ever felt overwhelmed with stress, discouragement, or sorrow?  I saw that overwhelmed look in my neighbor’s eyes this morning after his wife passed away during the night.  As I crossed the room to give him a hug, his words were “This is SO HARD!  Pray for me because that is the only thing that will get me through this.

When you feel like your pain will never ease, like there is no way out of your misery, like no one understands or cares…you can find hope and comfort in the Light.

 

We are writing these things so that your joy may be complete.  This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

~ 1 John 1:3-5

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.  For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.  For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep.  For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.  Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.  Therefore encourage one another with these words.

~ 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

 

 

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

~ Romans 15:13

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5 thoughts on “Links to Joy: Hope

  1. This is absolutely a beautiful post. How sorrowful I am for your neighbor whose wife died last night. I have tears in my eyes, because I can only imagine how hard it is to lose the one you love and be left behind when they are gone. Prayer and God are always the two things that enter a person’s mind when tragedy enters their life. Sorrow is the hardest emotion to bear, it overwhelms your heart and your soul. The video was beautiful and hold on is all one can do. God bless your neighbor for his loss and you for posting this post.

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    • Thank you. My family has been to a lot of funerals over the past couple of years. I remember an older lady I once knew who said “All the people I’ve ever known have died.” Several people have told me that this is one of the sorrows of growing older–so many friends and loved ones go before you and leave you behind. It is always difficult to cope with loss. I have such sorrow for my neighbor as he grieves for his wife.

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