No matter how old we are, where we live, or what we believe – there are times in everyone’s life that cause us to struggle. An it’s in those times that we want nothing else but a word of hope and instead are so often surrounded by trite platitudes and false promises.
This is not that.
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We all need a little hope in difficult times. This is just a place to start.
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How I write about hope when life feels hopeless
If you’re anything like me, you are more than happy to see 2016 in the rearview mirror. It was not an easy year, in many respects. There have been big losses and scary tragedies and stories of suffering coming from what felt like all directions. So sometimes it’s hard for me to do the job that I do, and write about hope even when life feels the most hopeless.
But that’s when it’s the most important.
Hopeless people need the reminder of hope.
Hopeless people need the reminder of the good that is still coming.
Hopeless people need the reminder of a teeny tiny itty bitty flicker of light in the darkness.
This is what I do.
I don’t have any magical hope-seeing skills.
I wish I did actually. That’d be awesome.
I have days that are as dark and scary as everyone else.
But what I do have is hope.
Hope that God is with me.
Hope that the promises I have been given are true even when they don’t feel like it.
And here’s the thing – there are a lot of people out there, Christians even, that kick hopeless people while they are down by telling them they should have prayed harder, or that their suffering is self-caused by their own sin.
This is just wrong.
And sometimes it just sucks.
But hope, the hope I try to share, is that God is there.
In the dark. In the crap. In the middle of it all, with us.
That’s why we call it Good News.
Because we’re not left to suffer alone, ever.
The word hope in Greek is elpis.
And it is best translated as “the expectation of good”.
I simply love this.
To have hope means to expect good things.
Even when the present moment isn’t all that good.
When fear and anger and hate and sadness seem like they are winning, hope means remembering and trusting that love always wins.
That darkness does not and cannot overcome the light.
And we are never, ever left alone.
So even though it’s hard to find that glimmer of hope in the midst of great difficulties,
I have seen what hope can do.
And I want that for everyone.
Natalia Terfa is a pastor at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. She is passionate about grace, yoga, and reading. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and daughter – the love of her life.
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