A Hopeful Future

Read Jeremiah 29:1-13

For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13

Amanda Thompson is from Gauteng, South Africa. Today's scripture came to her at a time when she felt hopeless. She was very poor, her son had committed suicide, and less than a year later her grandson died of cancer. It felt as if the bottom of her world had fallen out.

At first Amanda was angry - angry at God for allowing this and angry at her son and the medical profession. Slowly but surely she came to realize that bad things happen to good people and that God has never promised us a life without pain and hardship. What God did promise, though, was love enough to wipe away our tears and to hold on to us when we do not have the courage to go on.

It has taken a lot of time, and Amanda is still recovering. But one thing she has learned is that in spite of all the bad circumstances, in spite of the pain, God is a good God who understands our pain and will never leave us or forsake us - even when it feels otherwise. All we need to do is to trust God's promises, cry out to our loving Father, and persevere. When we do, we can rest in the assurance that we will one day be reunited with our loved ones. God will do the rest.

Prayer: Father of light, we pray for all who have lost loved ones. Bring them peace and comfort, in Jesus' name, amen.

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