Most Holy Father,
There is only one time in my life I can recall feeling like I had lost all hope. What a horrible experience to be without hope. No one should be without it. It didn’t last long for me…maybe just long enough to get a taste of it so I could recognize it and have compassion for those without it. My most hopeless time came when my first husband Steve “died in my arms” after a long battle with a terminal illness. He was brought back, but the hopelessness came from knowing there was no way he was getting through the sickness without dying. We both already knew in our minds he would eventually succumb to death, but that practice run made it all too real.
The strange thing was that at our lowest point of hopelessness, we found a hope that could never be taken away. That trial run at death also gave him a practice run to heaven. There is no greater hope to help us through this life than to trust in Jesus whom You sent to save us from our hopeless situation. Only He was worthy to pay the price for our sins through giving His own pure life as a sacrifice. No matter what goes on in this world; no matter what anyone can do to us; no matter how hopeless the world or our personal situation can appear…our hope is in Jesus Christ. When we have that hope, we can hold on to You, Lord, knowing that any kind of suffering we must endure here will all fade away in Your glorious presence. Our hope is in You and Your Son and Your Holy Spirit, even though we cannot see You with our earthly eyes.
About a year after that trial run, Steve took his last breath and graduated from this life. He no longer needs hope. It is reality. He is living a life that is more than he could ever hope for or imagine. Over 24 years ago, right after Steve’s death, I began going to a group at a hospital designed to help those who were grieving. Yet the emphasis on eternal life was missing. It was heartbreaking to hear the hopelessness in most of the people. If death is the end, and there is no hope of eternal life with You, what hope is there? Ever since, I know I need to always hold on to my hope in You so I can share that eternal invincible hope with others. There is no hope without Him. Jesus Christ is our hope. There is nothing more real!
PS. Happy birthday in heaven, Steve!
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1
“Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken.” Psalm 62:5-6
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans15:13
Heavenly Father, my hope is in…