Blog Topic: The Courage to Hope
PSALM 119:49-50, “Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope. My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.”
“Hope Anyway,” was the topic in the Daily Word on yesterday. It was written by Dave Branon. I read this brief article and it touched my heart, so I decided to reflect upon it in this blog.
Today I write this blog as I reflect back upon my birthday that has just passed. I remember the days when I had a husband and a daughter to share in this special occasion. My husband always bought me the loveliest of cards and my daughter, skillful with poetic language would sometimes write an original poem for Mother’s Day or for my birthday. Since they have transitioned to be with the Lord, special days like birthdays, Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter are no longer the same. Life has not been as much fun in the 16 years since my Dad has passed, the 12 years since my Grandmother has passed and most certainly the 6 and 7 years since my daughter and husband have passed.
That is not to say that I have not experienced wonderful, special, purposeful days in between my days of sadness and sorrow, it is just to say that I miss spending special days with the ones I love and miss terribly. The passage of time may dull the pain the ache in the pit of my stomach, but nothing takes the pain completely away. I know that people say that time will eventually heal that wound, but I beg the difference with any of them. When you lose a close member of your family, like a child, parent, or sibling, it is like losing a part of your body. That part of your body is missing and nothing can grow back that can replace the void that you feel in that particular space.
There is something though that you can do to help you in times of reflection, deep consternation, and despair: You can read, study and meditate on the Word of God. You can trust in God’s power and promise to bring you to a place of comfort and safety. God is the God of all comfort, food, addictive behaviors, illicit sex, medication etc will only offer a temporary fix, but it will not heal your wounds.You need a steady diet of God’s Promises in His Word. Here are a few of those promises below:
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions are renewed every day and they never fail. (Lamentations 3:22).
“For He will conceal me there when troubles come; he will hide me in his sanctuary. He will place me out of reach on a high rock.” (Psalm 27:5).
“In my distress, I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: He heard my voice out of His temple and my cry came before him, even into his ears” (Psalm 18:6) KJV.
“To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his glory.” (Isaiah 61:3, NLT).
Life can never be the same again when someone we love is gone. But God’s promises can bring us hope and comfort.
Lord, I thank you that You are always near and dear to the brokenhearted. You stick closer than a brother. I can always count on You to refresh, renew, revive and give me the strength that I need to make it through moments of weakness, distress, depression, and rejection. You continue to comfort me and others who have traveled a similar road. Your peace Lord is available at all times. Help us to choose to walk in that peace and assurance.
DON'T FORGET TO SAY YOUR PRAYERS, THEY ARE WORKING FOR ME.