Today, someone is celebrating a birth and someone is grieving a death. Someone is celebrating the remission of cancer and someone is just being diagnosed. Someone is dying while someone will live from the donation of their organs. Someone is contemplating suicide while someone else is celebrating this being the best time of their life. Someone is closing the doors of their worship center and a new one is opening. Someone is being fired while someone else is being hired. Someone is looking at the darkness of despair while someone is enjoying the light of happiness. Life and man, life is hard. And while you want to figure it out, truth is, you cannot. While you try to research it for understanding, truth is, it’ll only leave you with more questions. Questions like, why do children die, why does God allow the innocent to perish, why does bad things happen, why can’t cancer be cured and etc.. I wish I had the answer or even the direction to point you in but … life! Beloved, this didn’t just start happening. Sickness, violence, death, hardships and disappointments have been since the beginning of time and you cannot lose hope, now. Yes, it hurts. Yes, it leaves us confused. Yes, it leaves us angry. But life!
We may never understand what makes a husband/boyfriend murder his wife/girlfriend. We may never understand why cancer keeps causing death. We may never understand why our organs stop working. We may never understand why some wombs are shut. We may never quite understand life but life is life and sometimes it can get hard. Sometimes, life can be hard. Sometimes, life is hard. Yet we have to hope that one day it will not be. We have to hold out hope that one day life will not be this hard. We have to hold out hope that one day we won’t have to shed tears, visit doctors, get stuck with needs, go through chemo, dialysis or radiation. We have to hold out hope that one day we will never have to say goodnight to loved ones. We have to hold out hope that one day our battle will be over. Until then we have to scuffle with this thing called life but “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13”
Dear God, give us strength to hope. Give us strength to hope in expectancy of the day when all of our troubles will be over. Give us strength to hope even when it doesn’t seem like it’ll work out. Give us strength to hope even when it doesn’t work out the way we thought. For we know if we place our hope in you, there has to be joy that overflows. Hold and comfort us, letting us know we are not alone. We can stand, sit, sleep and wait in hope. Amen.