Hope Restored

Grieving with Hope {Hope Restored Series}

Today, as we continue the series of sharing verses or stories of God restoring hope, we hear from Kelsey L.

Kelsey was my resident assistant (R.A.) when I was a freshman in college and actually helped point ME to the hope of Jesus during that transitional time and especially after I was involved with a car accident 4 weeks into college.  We also had a chance to serve together on the Residence Hall Staff for two years which provided many opportunities to grow in our friendship and help each other deepen our hope and trust in Jesus.  She shares the following about the theme “Hope Restored”:

A good friend of mine, after losing her boyfriend and best friend very unexpectedly, wrote during the ensuing time of grieving, “Hope is a good thing…maybe the best of things. Grieve not as those who have no hope.” Even in the face of pain and loss, she clung to the truth that even in grieving there is hope in the Savior whose purpose is to redeem that which has been lost.

The verse referenced above is from 1 Thessalonians chapter 4:

“But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.  … Therefore encourage one another with these words.”

How does this story or the verse bring you hope today?

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