Today was the day.
The day that my son was supposed to finally take his SATS.
But they were cancelled for the third time.
Today was the day.
The day that we were to continue with our yearly family tradition.
Going to Beck’s Tree Farm to cut down our Christmas tree together and then to Hot Dog Johnny’s to grab lunch is something we look forward to every year.
But instead we are waiting for test results to see if my husband is positive for Covid.
As I write this, I am watching him sleep on the couch (socially distanced of course).
If I am being honest, it is hard not to feel discouraged.
And not because we can’t go for our tree or my son cannot take his exam.
It’s because there is just so much brokenness everywhere.
My heart is heavy for my brothers and sisters who are suffering.
For those who are separated from or have lost loved ones.
For those who are struggling with finances.
For those who are not certain if their business will survive or if their jobs will still be there in the new year.
For those who are battling the dark days that accompany mental health and addiction.
For those who feel isolated and alone.
For those who have lost hope.
So I go to the place where hope lives.
In His Word.
A place where I find encouragement and comfort as I wait.
“Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.”
Romans 15:4 NLT
A place where I am reminded of His promises.
“And in another place Isaiah said,
“The heir to David’s throne will come,
and he will rule over the Gentiles.
They will place their hope on him.” Romans 15: 12 NLT
I remind myself that today is the day that we have hope.
Hope that came in the form of an infant who would become the Savior of all.
The day that despite the struggles belongs to Him.
Friends, it is hard even in this season to not feel discouraged.
The source of our hope is always available to His children.
Today and every day.
“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15: 13 NLT
Today is the day to embrace that hope.