Hope in times of despair

Dear Editor,

In the daily devotional booklet “Living Faith”, Kristin Armstrong wrote a reflection entitled “The Other Side”, on the occasion of the anniversary of the September 11 attack on the United States.

Upon reading this, I thought how appropriate it is for us at this period, and that you might wish to share it with your readers. I have paraphrased some of it to fit our situation.

“Blessed are you who are now weeping, for you shall laugh.” (Luke 6:21).

September 1, 2 and 3, 2019, represent a period of great pain and loss for our country. It also represents a time of great resilience, faith and courage.

Every challenge, every grief, every heartache brings a deep hunger and a well of tears. The emptiness inside us reminds us that our ultimate hunger and our ultimate source of nourishment, is God and God alone.

If you are in a time of struggle or pain, know that this is not random; it isn’t heartless or without purpose.

No matter what it is, no matter how deep the pain of your broken heart, God is with you! He has a plan for you!

He will redeem and repurpose every bit of your ache for something greater than you could ever imagine. If that seems unfathomable or impossible right now, all the better because when you get to the other side of this, you will be amazed at what He was doing for you behind the scenes.

Watch, wait, wonder and work.

And here is a final word of encouragement from Stephen Biko: “The sense of defeat is what we are fighting against. People must not just give in to the hardship of life. People must develop hope. People must develop some form of security to be together to look at their problems…”

– A. L. Carey

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