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May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace as you overflow with Hope by the power of Holy Spirit. Romans 15.13
The season was dark, sad, and emotionally draining. Our family had experienced the tragedy of murder for the second time in five years. We were in the throes of grief and despair. I stood in a worship service one Sunday morning as the praise team led the song, “You’re More Than Enough.” I remember standing there and in my spirit I said to the Lord, “If You are more than enough why did you allow our two loved ones to be murdered?” As clear as day my heavenly Father said, “That is not for you to know now but I want you to cling to the Hope you have in Me.” I immediately sat down and wept. For the first time in months I cried until I was dry.
It was a Hannah and Eli moment (1 Samuel 1) – Hannah answered and said, “No, my lord, I am a woman of sorrowful spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor intoxicating drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD.”
My heavenly Father met me right there in the worship service and Holy Spirit ministered deeply into my spirit that Sunday morning and like Hannah I went my way and my face was no longer sad.
Father God, in Jesus’ Name, I ask You to meet us exactly where our pain is. Where our doubt and fear live. Where our unbelief hangs out. And, merciful God give us the Hope that we need to carry on. The Hope that gives joy and peace and makes us overflow with Your joy and peace and Hope. In Christ Alone, amen.
Susan Chamberlain Shipe, a writer since the age of eight when she and her neighborhood friend wrote, edited, published, and distributed The Manor News. Things have changed since publishing with the five and dime stamp lettering set! Today, Susan enjoys blogging, writing short devotions and short stories from her empty-nest home in the Appalachian Mountain Range of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northwestern North Carolina, which she shares with her husband of thirty plus years, Lowell, and their beloved dog, Sam. Susan can be found musing several times a week at hopehearthome.com