May the God of Hope
Fill you with all joy and peace …
So that you may overflow with Hope.
When I find something that truly helps someone who has overcome horrific physical and emotional pain, I pay attention. My friend Christine gave me the book The Allure of Hope for my 40th birthday. This book helped her tremendously after she was burned in a grease fire. (You can read about her story by clicking here.)
In the book The Allure of Hope, Jan Meyers Proett clearly shows how hope is not a passive concept, but an active, life-changing reality. This book touched my heart by giving words to how it feels when I am “jolted by life’s suffering.” Seeing hope as a radical way of responding to life, rather than a mere desire for something good to happen, helps me to coexist with pain. When you live with pain on a daily basis, it is hard to have hope, but it is possible. This book invites you to do the courageous — and glorious work — of hoping.
Hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts. Romans 5:5