ariseandhope

No matter how difficult things become, let us not fall into despair. For those who lose hope sooner or later become blind. Unable to see, we fail to choose the right path, and we fall ever deeper into the darkness instead of walking closer towards the light. – Jocelyn Soriano

There comes a time when the burden of our trials overwhelm us. They sap our strength and drain our joy. They take away our dreams and any vision for a bright future becomes clouded with uncertainty and fear.

As a response, many of us abandon our hope and we cling to other things in our desperate attempt to flee from our pain. We flee towards those who promise relief in exchange for our faith, or who promise temporary comforts in exchange for our ideals.

Somewhere along the way though, we find out that we have allowed those things to destroy what really matters. We tried to flee from evil only to find a greater darkness on the other side of the path.

Be strong then when difficult times come! Let not your grief destroy the peace within your soul. Let it not rob you of hope and of courage.

With patience, wait until you see which way is blessed and right. Wait for God’s Hand who will lead you to safety and true happiness and peace.

Arise from your despair and cling to Him who loves you! Arise and hope for you are not alone. Just when you thought you would faint in weakness, God will carry you on eagle’s wings and draw you mightily in His love!

The thought of my pain, my homelessness, is bitter poison. I think of it constantly, and my spirit is depressed. Yet hope returns when I remember this one thing: The Lord’s unfailing love and mercy still continue, fresh as the morning, as sure as the sunrise. The Lord is all I have, and so in him I put my hope. – Lamentations 3: 19-24, GNT

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