Reading: “We who run to God for our lives have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never...let...go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God...” Hebrews 6:19 MSG
Where do we find hope? Sometimes these glimmers of hope find us...
In the comforting hand of a loved one
In the reassuring smile of a nurse in a hospital hallway
In the delight of a friend’s encouraging laughter and persistent prayers
And in the presence of a God that never leaves you on your own
Hope was there.
Hope is here.
Hope will see you through to what is next.
Hope. It’s a sweet balm that tempers the pain of a diagnosis, the weariness of another appointment, the frustrating call to your healthcare insurance company(again)...or the startling news that it isn’t quite over yet or there’s more ahead...
Somehow, hope arrives, even in these unexpected moments...
Hope walks alongside you.
Hope can even surprise you.
One day, hope happened upon me, unexpectedly, while I was sitting in a chemo chair. I heard the song of another patient beside me, a sister survivor humming, listening to her headphones. She began to sing aloud. Her Hope could not be kept inside, it overflowed in her voice, and in her song...and hope washed over me, too. It refreshed me. I knew that I wasn’t alone and it reassured me that I never would be...
Hope. It’s a favorite word of mine, because it means that the struggle you and I are facing...isn’t the last word! Hope tells me that there’s goodness and peace ahead and the promise of God's presence with us, no matter where our journey leads us.
Hope often appears when we least expect it, but hope can and will always find
Prayer and blessing:
God, I pray that hope will surround and support every sister listening today. Jesus hold them close in every season and refresh them with hope. In those unexpected moments...may they find peace and delight in hope. Amen.
Kim McKay Allen is a recent Master of Divinity graduate in the Women’s Leadership Initiative at Central Seminary. She is a cancer survivor and has found her greatest joy and fulfillment in her calling as a chaplain.
Be on your guard; stand firm; be courageous; be strong" 1 Corinthians 16:13
It can be a daily struggle for caregivers, to maintain continual firm faith. They manage the physical and emotional needs of the ones they care for. The constant cheerleader. Sometimes without appreciation or recognition. Who cheers the caregiver? It can be challenging to stay positive and stand strong.
Many caregivers will not expose their true emotions. They bottle their feelings as a means of protection against experiencing the hurt and pain. Other caregivers may become depressed and experience hopelessness.
Caring for a loved one can be a constant reminder of suffering and pain. The negative health reports, the seemingly inexhaustible complaints, and watching a loved one struggle may influence the caregiver's faith.
Caregivers, God is with you. Hold fast to your faith. Everything you believed to be true about God when the light is shining is true in the dark moments as well. He is still there. When you think you can't go any farther, remember His promise to never leave you. Stand strong.
Prayer for Caregivers: Heavenly Father, I pray for caregivers as they show love and compassion to their loved ones. Father, bless caregivers everywhere and the ones they love.
During the first few days after my cancer diagnosis, my brain charged into overdrive. I searched the internet for the best oncologists and treatment centers. My family asked everyone they knew for references. Our phones rang constantly with friends calling to see how we were and to offer their prayers.
Tension cloaked every word we spoke. My anxiety level crept up to the exploding point. I needed relief. Then one morning I read Zephaniah 3:17, “For the Lord your God . . . will bring you quietness with His love. . .” Immediately, my emotions settled. Peace enveloped me. Quietness came and stayed.
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