2012 was a BIG year for me and for some of my friends. Some babies arrived, an old friend passed away, another friend was diagnosed with a serious illness and a couple of marriages fought for survival (and lost). In many ways, 2012 could have been a year of terrible disappointment; things that many of us thought were long term, turned out not to be, but grief, as some pals and I are learning, has its seasons.
Winter is hell, cold, freezing and you mostly want to stay in bed. But shortly after Winter, comes the first lovely, sparkiness of Spring. At the start of the week, I was having coffee with a friend, who went through a big loss last year. We were mulling everything over and she said, ‘I love the New Year; Jan 1…it’s like you can smell Hope’.
She was right; hope, it was there in the air, like a little whiff of a lovely scent as someone whisks past, or the sun peeking through the clouds on a rainy, gloomy day – the promise of GOOD things to come.
And that’s what it’s all about. It’s what the Bible is all about, my faith, my belief…it’s all about Hope.
From the craziness of a baby being born to a poor-as-dirt teenager, to the moment he was murdered on a cross. From Hosea, told by God to marry a street worker to demonstrate True Love to a people who couldn’t have cared less, to Joseph being reunited with the nasty brothers who’d sold him into slavery… and every other story in between.
It’s ALL about Hope. The whole of our story from birth to marriage to divorce to death, the theme of heavenly hope is weaved through it all.
Even in death, there’s hope – we can’t see it, but it’s still there, nudging us from the corner of the room, promising that life on earth is not everything….there is more…even if we don’t see it in this lifetime.
Hope IS all you need.
There are good things to come. Can you feel it?