When It All Seems Hopeless

Some days life feels empty.  We don't know what our next step should be or perhaps, why we are even in the place in which we find ourselves. Where do we turn when it all seems hopeless?


Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD. Psalms 31:24

I feel frozen.


I sit in my chair with so many things to do - and I do none of them.

Part of me is worried about the affect of the stress of the past few days.  I don't even want to try standing or doing my few chair exercises.

My mind goes back a long way to advice I read long ago.

I've written about it here before.

"When you don't know what to do, do the next thing."

In my mind, I try to figure out what that next thing should be.  Eat?  Try to move around?  I think of all the paperwork ahead of me - all the changes to be made, people to be informed.  I tire at the thought.

How do people get through everything that goes along with the loss of a spouse even when they don't have any chronic challenges?

And even more pertinent, how do people with these challenges do it?

How do you face everything that needs to be done now when simply facing a normal day can be daunting?

I feel depression start to descent.

I know its signs by now.  A heaviness seems to come over me.

I just don't care about anything.

Then, I look to my computer desk and look where, among the myriad of other things set upon it is a simple wooden cross.  Across the front is written the word, "Hope."

Do the next thing?


It is hope that we are called to after all, isn't it?

It is the hope that Christ offers us.

It is the hope within ourselves that can keep us going even when we are not sure we can take the next step at all.

Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD. Psalms 31:24

For you have been my hope, O Sovereign LORD, my confidence since my youth.  
Psalms 71:5

There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off. 
Proverbs 23:18

Once again, God has put the sign post I need right in front of me.  I look to the cross and literally see 'hope.' 

Father God, Thank you for the hope that you have called us to.  Thank you that it is a hope that will one day come to fruition.  One day, we will have no need for hope as that hope will be fulfilled.  Until that day, let us stand firm upon the hope that is within us.  Amen and amen.

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