Archive for January, 2011

Jan-25-11

Hope amidst the sadness…

posted by mrsnunar

There is a co-worker of mine whose husband was recently diagnosed with Cancer and given 6 months to live. This has been a hard time for all of us at work, grasping for the right words, holding up a friend in need, and covering for her when she is breaking apart. My own fear of cancer has come to the surface during all this and I have been experiencing a lot of personal sympathy for my friend and a lot of accompanying tears. There has been one thing that has comforted me through this, however, and that is the music of Steven Curtis Chapman and Sara Groves. These two Christian artists both inspire me with songwriting that is real, honest, and open to God’s power singing through them. I recently redeemed my iTunes gift card from Christmas and purchased a few of Sara’s new tracks from “Fireflies and Songs”. When she writes songs about marriage, I am humbled and think of my own tumultuous relationship with my husband, but I am always encouraged by Sara’s (Gods) words of hope and restoration. Similarly, Steven Curtis Chapman inspires me with his personal resilience to the horrible things of this world, such as the tragic loss of his daughter. Listening to his latest , Beauty Will Rise album, I am led to tears with almost every song, and yet in my sobbing I am comforted by the fact that there is hope in Christ, hope for tomorrow, and for a world beyond here that there will be no more pain or disease. The great Healer is preparing a place for all of us, and I am so thankful for artists like this who can step beyond their pain to share this and to be a vessel for God’s truths.

Here are a few verses that have encouraged me this month:

Revelation 21:4
He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.

Romans 12:12
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

It is my prayer that this posts and these verses might also give you hope, in Christ, as He died to set us free and clear of all our pain and suffering, so that we might live forever someday with Him, affliction-free, and no longer plagued with worry or grief.

Blessings,

Sarah

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