What is my hope? What am I hoping for? Why do I need hope?
I should ask, “Who is my Hope?” My Hope is Jesus. My Hope is IN Jesus! I can’t go on without Hope. Hope that comforts and brings peace. I need Hope to face tomorrow. I need to have Hope that everything will one day be okay.
Jesus is my hope for the future because one day He will return and make all things right. But, right now, in the midst of our greatest tragedy, nothing seems right. That’s why I have to cling to Jesus. He is my hope, my strength, my peace and my comfort.
Even though weeks, and months have passed, and June 21, 2017 is just a few weeks away, I’m still grieving. It isn’t as intense, but the grief bursts still come and it throws me for a loop, again and again.
But, this doesn’t mean that I’ve lost hope or my faith in Christ! So much was taken from us and until I am at home in Heaven this ache in my heart will not go away. The pain will never go away. But I’m not controlled by the pain. There’s a difference. Jesus has sustained me. He meets all my needs for every moment of every day. Jesus has given me the strength to keep going.
I grow weary of the constant pain of such a great loss. “I am wearied with my sighing; every night I flood my bead with tears; I drench my couch with my weeping. My eyes waste away because of grief.” (Psalm 6:6-7 ESV)
But, “I bless the Lord who gives me council; in the night, my heart instructs me. I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fulness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16: 7-8, 11 ESV)
I ran into the loving arms of Jesus when our family died. This is too big a burden to carry alone. “Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28 ESV)
“Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you.” (Psalm 55:22 ESV)
Jesus’ words are healing; “Come to Me” and “Cast your burdens on me.” His promises are sure; “I will give you rest.”, and “He will sustain me.”
There is no other way to heal from such tragedy than trusting Jesus and leaning on Him. Trust, Faith, Hope; beautiful graces and gifts from God.