Rest in God alone, my soul, for my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I will not be shaken. (Psalm 62:5-6)
a beached ship
sails furled, all forlorn
waiting for tides
longing for opportunity
to set sail again, break free
to the elements, to life
come summer it will set off
seeking to explore new shores
I watch the wind
batting at its sturdy frame
as I scan the mudflats
watch seagulls soar and dance
perhaps there is
hope for both of us yet
in unchosen times and tides
on the edge of active life
I sense deep
this ship and me
both vessels with inner strength
we will regain resilience
JOURNEY TOWARD EMBRACING HOPE
On our journey toward embracing hope we soon realize it has to be fought for. If it simply slipped over our shoulders, like a warm comfort blanket from heaven, we wouldn’t value it so much.
With God by our side, as we traverse the painful and hard, we see how faith and hope rise and flourish in knowing he loves us, walks with us and will never leave us. It’s the reassurance we need to stay strong.
PRAYER WHISPER: REFINING LIKE A DIAMOND
“Keep on doing what you know to do. When the path feels painful and thorny, remember that I walk beside you. I was pierced and wore a crown of thorns to set you free to walk a path of liberty.
What appears to chain you to earth is being used to produce my character and likeness in you. As you respond with faith, trust and obedience, you are allowing my Spirit to lead and guide, and developing greater strength and resilience within you.
Though you yearn for ease and comfort in your life and circumstances, the very trials that appear to harm you are refining you like a diamond to reflect my light, and as gold to reflect my worth and purity.”
EMBRACING HOPE: TURN TO GOD
“I can teach you so much more if you turn to me during your hard and painful times, and let me carry the weight and burden for you. It is my desire that you become so accustomed to the handing over of your life, and yourself, that it becomes second nature to you.
It is only in the giving away that you are freed to receive. Let me hold you, comfort and strengthen you. Together we can accomplish more than you can dream or imagine. You are infinitely precious to me. I died for you and I will help you to truly live and keep you safe.”
Consider times in your life where God has guided, helped and comforted you. Let them fill you with a holy hope that is steadfast and certain.
Chronic Joy® Contributing Writer and Poet
Joy is a grateful grace dweller, wife, mother, grandma to one beautiful boy, M.E and chronic illness sufferer for over 30 years, and a contemplative poet and devotional writer at poetryjoy.com and joylenton.com. She is the author of Experiencing Lent: Sensing the Sacred in Our Midst, Soul Shots: 31 Days of Pocket Wisdom for Your Hurting Heart, Embracing Hope: Soul Food to Help Chase Away the Blues, and Seeking Solace: Discovering Grace in Life’s Hard Places, and an occasional contributor to the Godspace blog.
This gentle soul companion guide will help steer you the right direction as it reveals the places where hope can be found and encourages you to explore your own resources as well. By means of thoughtful reflections, soulful poetry and encouraging blessings, you will be supported on the journey toward regaining the hope you had lost.