(Found this art on Facebook with no credits. So, to whomever, thank you!)
Our church celebrates the Resurrection. Every. Single. Week. What a hope-filled day!
I can tell you from personal experience when someone you love is dying or has died being surrounded by those who love God makes a huge difference.
That upper room filled with grieving disciples, well, I can just imagine it. They were together. They were looking for HOPE when all seemed hopeless. They were comforting one another. They were living in community.
Chronic illness and caregiving is isolating. Depending on the degree illness — so very isolating. Hanging on to hope, to friendship, even, can seem like a lost cause.
Recently I spoke to a senior saint who cared for her husband. She said she lived from years at the edge of our small town and didn’t know anybody! I was heartbroken for her.
If you’re single-handedly supporting the family and picking up the slack at home, time for fellowship doesn’t seem possible.
I’m telling you now, don’t walk this road alone! Just don’t! You’ll end up being sheep-steak for the Enemy!
Get on your knees now and ask. Keep asking. I’m telling you, I needed local friends in the worst way, and God has provided. Pray this for your husbands, too.
Remember Pilgrim of Pilgrim’s Progress? He lost his friend Faithful to a martyr’s death. Then God sent him Hopeful. Love that! Pray for a Hopeful. Pray for a friend who will love, encourage, and keep you on track. I think that is a Biblical prayer.
I’m hoping you’ll also find community and encouragement here on this blog. The Apostle Paul loved and prayed for the Roman Christians before he laid eyes on them.
Let’s be that loving community of the broken.
Let’s lift up each other’s feeble hands and weary feet.
Let’s pray for each other, near and far.
Let’s look for hope in our Risen Lord and Coming King today and every day.