I could hardly understand what she was trying to say, her words were so choked and broken by sobs. In the aftermath of choices that have irrevocably altered her life, she is powerless to stop the ripple effect throughout the waters of those who love her, a ripple effect that has produced their choices as well. No doubt she will never return to the way things were. The damage has been done.
“You have destroyed your life.” This is the lie the enemy relentlessly screams to her as if her life is over and there is no point to her existence any longer. It sounds true. It feels true. Others have even voiced those words. It must be true.
What do I have to offer this one in the grips of despair? Hope. Not empty words of the sun shining again, although it will. But a deeper hope that transcends the multitude of mistakes we make. Hope that is the very answer to despair. Hope that holds the future in His hands and Hope that is unwilling to settle for less than the impossible. It is why He came to earth.
Here is a portion of a beautiful song by Kathryn Scott entitled At the Foot of the Cross that captures the wonder of this hope we have…
At the foot of the cross
Where grace and suffering meet
You have shown me Your love
Through the judgment You received
And You’ve won my heart
Yes You’ve won my heart
Now I can
Trade these ashes in for beauty
And wear forgiveness like a crown
Coming to kiss the feet of mercy
I lay every burden down
At the foot of the cross
This is the hope we have: that we can take all the ashes of our choices, our mistakes, our sin to God and He does the impossible – He turns it into something beautiful. For this burdened friend of mine, her mistakes have brought her to His feet where her suffering meets His grace, where He lifts her head and crowns her with His loving forgiveness, and where her life will begin again. She will grieve over what is lost, but will rejoice in what is found as she discovers the mercy that is new every morning. She will find Hope.
Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not one of all His benefits—
Who forgives every one of all your iniquities, Who heals each one of all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from the pit and corruption,
Who beautifies, dignifies, and crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercy;
Who satisfies your mouth – your necessity and desire at your personal age and situation – with good so that your youth, renewed, is like the eagle’s – strong, overcoming, soaring! Psalm 103:1-4
“This hope we have” was written by Kay Stinnett and first appeared on http://www.ourpassionatepurpose.com