Hope and Healing

Yesterday I decided that I needed to focus more on hope and healing.  I did not really know where to begin, so I headed to the local Christian book store to try to find a devotional book that might help me as I process my feelings.  It seemed like every devotional I picked up dealt with pain and finding healing.  How was I too choose the one that would fit my needs?  I decided to start by looking through the table of contents of each book.  After about an hour of thumbing through the devotionals I finally found the right book .   I will be spending my devotion time reading “The One Year Book of Hope” by Nancy Guthrie.

The book is set up to either do daily or weekly devotions.  I thought the format of the book would work well with my ever changing schedule.  It was not until this morning when I read the note from the author that I discovered that the author wrote this book during her time of healing from the loss of two children shortly after their births.  While her situation is different than mine we are both feeling grief and sorrow over a loss.

The main passage for this week is Psalms 34:18  The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those who are crushed in spirit.

Today as I focused on this verse I am reminded that I even in these rough times God has not abandoned me. No matter how alone I feel I will never be truly alone if I continue to trust and depend on him.  I just need to look past my pain and focus on him.  I will be the first to admit it has been hard these past few months to seek him, but I am going to try to do better during the coming weeks and months.

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