I am eager to share with you a piece I’ve written for Carol Vinson’s fantastic blog Upside Down Grace. Carol and I connected through Twitter, and I’m happy to be able to call her my friend. She inspires me with her honesty, openness, and beautiful heart, and in the way she paints pictures with her words. Follow her on Twitter to see what I mean.
As part of Carol’s “Finding Hope in Our Stories” series, I offered a look at what it means to be a person of hope even when life is filled with pain and darkness. Here’s an excerpt from my piece When Hope Seems Hopeless:
For me, at this moment in time, the darkness in my life comes from deep loss. Quite recently we lost a close family member to aggressive cancer. And the grief during times of profound loss brings the urgency of a renewed and healed world to the forefront. We need a Savior, and the darkness of grief makes that need both so apparent, and so hard to trust in.Darkness and pain can make hope seem impossible.Any remnant of optimism is shattered. Clearly, the world is not at its best. And the triumphant and active pursuit of hope seems more than my weary heart is capable of. Hope can still live in places like these – in those places of our lives that seem the most arid and hopeless.