Hope By Natasha Beune

Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. (1 Thessalonians 4:13,14)

My mother died when I was 13 and for years I grieved without hope. I felt like death was the final word, like the few memories I had of her were all I would get. I felt totally and completely alone in the world, as she was my only parent and the only one I could trust. I didn’t think I could live without her and often contemplated suicide.  I had no hope that I could be happy ever again, that any kind of healing could happen in my life. I would imagine that Jesus’ disciples felt similarly hopeless the hours following his death. The world as they knew it had ended, their realities shattered with the death of their hero. But what they, and I, didn’t realize is that this is all temporary. Jesus rose from the dead, he defeated death and darkness and sin, and because of that, I have hope.

Just as Jesus’ death wasn’t final, neither was my mother’s. Her soul lives on, painless and more alive than ever before with God. I have hope now for her and for my own healing. I can now see that my pain on this earth is temporary and all my tears will soon be washed away. Yes, one day in heaven I will be a daughter to my mother again, but right in this very moment I am a daughter to the God who created the universe. There is simply no greater hope than that.

Prayer: Dear Father, today I lay my sorrows at the cross.  You have asked us to bring our pain, suffering, and sin, and in exchange receive life, hope, and forgiveness. Father, I ask for this hope today. Please comfort me in my grief and heal my soul. Without you, Lord, I have no hope, I have no joy, no love, I have nothing. Guide me to always run to you and give me the strength for every step I take.

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