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Transition

Abrupt Change

It happens to all of us. Unexpected, at times abrupt change. It comes in many forms…the loss of a job, the death of a loved one, the end of a relationship. Those changes are painful, at times blindsiding if there’s been no warning. What do we do in those times? When circumstances are beyond our control. When someone else’s decision or action or death changes the trajectory of your life the immediate void feels bottomless. Cavernous. Towering. Insurmountable.

There is shock.  Disbelief.  A struggling to understand. An intense desire and need to know why. Why? A feeling of needing to cling onto something…if only to keep from falling into that bottomless void.

I experienced one of these today. I am feeling all of those things.

While there is pain though, there is hope. Where there is hurt, there is love. A song came to me today that is resonating – specifically this chorus came to mind:

My hope is in you, God
I am steadfast, I will not be moved
I’m anchored, never shaken
All my hope is in you

Hope’s Anthem is the song and one we sing often at my church. It is an amazing song and a comfort tonight. Through this pain, there is the hope of Christ.  Through the hurt, there are the loving arms of Jesus. The extended love of Jesus through amazing friends and family. While part of my heart is hoping for a change to this outcome. My true hope and where I need to keep it is in God. He is my hope. I am steadfast, I will not be moved.

If you have are experiencing a similar loss or pain – I encourage you today to look to where your love and hope come from. Look up.

Hope’s Anthem by Matthew Williams & Christa Black 

He’s awakening the hope in me
By calling forth my destiny
He’s breathing life into my soul
I will thirst for Him, and him alone
He has come like the rain
That showers on the barren plain
So my heart and tongue confess
Jesus Christ, the hope of man

My hope is in you, God
I am steadfast, I will not be moved
I’m anchored, never shaken
All my hope is in you

He’s bringing hope to the hopeless
And giving his heart to the broken
And sharing his home with the orphan
He is the joy, He is my joy

He is the hope of the nations
The Father’s heart we’re embracing
He is the song we’re declaring
He is the joy, He is my joy

You’re bringing hope to the hopeless
And giving your heart to the broken
And sharing your home with the orphan
You are the joy, You are my joy

You are the hope of the nations
The Father’s heart we’re embracing
You are the song we’re declaring
You are the joy, You are my joy

Why so downcast oh, oh my soul
Put your hope in God alone

 

Originally posted 2014-06-02 23:20:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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1 Comment

  • Rick Dawson June 2, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    Now that the initial waves have passed, and the joking about ghost pepper juice is done with. You hurt – and while it isn’t fun, or pleasant, and it certainly wasn’t expected, you hurt, nevertheless. Feel it, then over time, free it and release it. These are all things you’ll be told in various ways by well-meaning people; there is much truth in what they will say, but the time is not yet. To act as if you’re all better now, to put on the brave face so you can face the rest of the adult world? Not a fun place to be…Grieving takes its own course and its own measure of us as it passes through our days and nights.

    Know you’re loved, regardless of what happened, and that you’ll be OK; your worth remains undiminished, your value remains high. Try not to give too much time to dark thought and desperate dreaming.

    Hugs from 1500 miles away. :-)

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