Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer. – (Romans 12:12, HCSB)
Be happy because of the hope you have. Be patient when you have troubles. Pray all the time. – (Romans 12:12, ERV)
Do not forget to rejoice, for hope is always just around the corner. Hold up through the hard times that are coming, and devote yourselves to prayer. – (Romans 12:12, VOICE)
This morning, as I perused my Facebook feed, I was met by the devastating news of a friend, former classmate and fellow coach, who lost the love of her life with no warning. Her immediate response was to get the information out there (for there would be far too many calls to make) and to ask for prayer for her and their five children as they navigate this horrendous loss. The hope to rejoice in is that one day, there will be no more death and no more pain. In the meantime, our patience and peace in the process is found as we pray. God hears and sees and knows. He provides strength, comfort, wisdom and peace in our spaces of greatest need. May we seek the Lord in all things and at all times, and ever be persistent in prayer.
Lord, help us rejoice,
In hope that is true;
Through ev’ry season,
We can trust in You.
Help us be patient,
When we see such pain;
Help us keep praying,
Throughout all our days.
Bring comfort and peace,
Where there is great pain;
Lead us in Your love,
You’re where good is gained.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are our hope, comfort, strength and peace, no matter what life brings our way. I lift up my friend and her family in the midst of their great loss, and pray for You to provide for their every need – physically, emotionally, spiritually, and financially, Lord be tangibly present. Forgive us for the times that pain and circumstances overshadow the hope we know. Show us how to hold fast to hope through all things with patience and perseverance, and to continually seek You in prayer. Lead us to love those around us through every trial and heartache, so that they may know the hope in You that does not waver. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we praise You for the hope that we have forever in You, and for the love that You give that carries us through. Amen.
The Lord gives His people strength; the Lord blesses His people with peace. – Psalm 29:11