There is Hope for the Hurting by Jill Roleke
There is something about attending your younger brother’s funeral that makes a person do some heavy thinking. When that death was a suicide the thinking becomes even more intense and the questions are numerous.
In my way of thinking, the one thing my brother lacked was hope. Hope that things could be better. Hope that there was a way out of despair. Hope that the future held good things. Hope that God could take the ashes of his life and make beauty from it. Without hope, life has no meaning. There is no reason to go on or to live from day to day.
In Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) it says, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” I believe the word hope comes first in that verse because without hope we have no future.
If only there was a way to make everyone see that hope exists at all times. There is a God who loves us and He is all the hope we need. He offers us hope not only for this life but in the life yet to come. We have the hope of living with Him for all eternity.
I have never been without hope in my life but reading Jeremiah 29:11 makes my hope grow. It tells me that God doesn’t just want me to have good things in my life, but that He has planned for them. They may not be what I am experiencing right now but they will come if I trust in my God.
I want to give hope to those who are hurting. To give them something to cling to when they are being hounded by the enemy of our souls. Without hope there is no weapon to fight against the lies he plants in our minds.
Hope brings light to the darkness. It is a lifeboat when we are set adrift. It is something we can hold onto until rescue comes.
This is my prayer for all, directly from Romans 15:13 (NLT), “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”
In My Savior’s Arms by Jill Roleke
I want to crawl into my savior’s lap
Lay my head upon His chest.
I want to listen to HIs heartbeat
As I settle down and rest.
I want to feel His arms around me
Feel His breath upon my face.
I want to close my eyes and savor
His love and His embrace.
I want to have His peace surround me
And wrap myself in love.
I want to dwell right there forever
With the one who reigns above.
God gave Jill this beautiful poem a few short days before she found out her brother had passed away. It is a beautiful testimony and reminder that God knows exactly what we need before we even need it.
These words not only help to bring healing to Jill’s heart at the loss of her brother, but they should encourage you as well. During this time of fasting prayer – take time to crawl up in your Savior’s arms, listen to His heartbeat, experience His peace and allow Him to embrace you.
–Pastor Debbie Kitterman
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