Tired and Defeated
I've noticed a trend of hopelessness in my life and in the lives of many close to me. As a Christian, I believe one of the greatest gifts we have is hope --hope in life eternal, hope in mercy, hope in redemption. It just feels like sometimes there's a thick wall of fog blocking the light. Maybe it's uncertainty or lack of faith or lack of trust in God. May we all learn to walk by faith even when we cannot see...
Thank you for sharing this. Your words make me think of the things that happen in my life that are what I might call a "bad day." And those things instantly make me think of what happens to me when I have a "good day." I suppose that as I get older (ugh!) I've realized that probably every week/month I am going to have a couple of each, and I guess that just keeps things interesting. I have no intention of minimizing your words or trying to suggest that the "thick wall of fog" for you or others is meaningless. Just to say that we know from experience that the light is most certainly coming. We just don't know exactly when. A person could get fired and win the lottery all in the same day. What a ride that would be! A parent could pass and a niece could be born between Monday and Friday. Always have hope and know that it's a given. The most difficult part is that trust, and that faith, as you so well put it. The good thing is that trust and faith are both entirely free, and they're available to us in unlimited infinite quantities. All we can eat, and even on the bad days.
The key word in this effort beyond “prayer” is “together” and it reminds us that at any given moment, I can feel overwhelmed by life’s challenges if I take them on alone. I/we are never alone. First, and foremost, Jesus is there. But, also, a key aspect of discipleship is reaching out to others in those moments and letting others share the burden with you to the extent it is possible. ‘When one part of the body suffers, the whole body suffers...” Please know how much love and care there is for you. Let’s share it if you’ll let us. I am praying that you always feel able to share it with those who love you as I see how often you do it for others. Peace, my friend.