It is 4 a.m. and I am awake. Is it normal for a mom to be up at 4 a.m. on the day before Thanksgiving? I am praying. Praying for my friend who graduated her daughter to heaven in February. These will be hard days and difficult months for her. I am praying for my friend diagnosed with breast cancer in May. She is bald, yellow (chemo) and a little burnt (radiation.) Do they have hope? I am also thinking of my “to do” list. Can I get it all done? Is there enough time in the day?
“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” I Corinthians 15:57
Here is a new life verse. God is an ever present help in trouble, and His word sustains us. He has the victory in the face of hopelessness, despite abuse, with regard to cancer, and in the midst of brokenness. We have hope because HE IS HOPE! His death and resurrection have made it possible to THRIVE, despite circumstances.
This has been a rough year. There have been several family members who have graduated to heaven, family members experiencing the sudden loss of a job, and more negative reports from doctors than I can describe. It seems like the holidays can make us extra sad since we miss those family members and long to be with them. But despite the sadness, we have hope. We CHOOSE hope because we have faith. Will you choose faith today? If, suddenly, your world is turned upside down by illness, fear, doubt, or pain…will you choose faith? Will you choose hope? We can only choose hope by the power of the Holy Spirit, even at 4 a.m. Thanks be to God!!