Hope for overcoming the overwhelming stresses of life, including grief and addiction
Posted in , Jul 3, 2018
Recently, my wife was telling me about two of her friends who are going through a difficult time. One friend, who has no history of dealing with emotional stress, is now battling severe anxiety. This is a strong, hard-working man, who is suddenly feeling very anxious about work, his upcoming retirement and other life matters, but refuses to take medication. Her other friend is left heartbroken from the unexpected death of her son in a car accident. The emptiness and profound sadness she feels are physically and mentally draining.
These two individuals have been struck with the unexpected, leaving them without words, strength and energy to move forward. At times, life can be messy and complex. Getting through life’s struggles and inner battles will call for the support of loved ones, medical intervention for some, and spiritual strength for all. Faith allows us to cross the rising waters of life. Let faith be the bridge you build to overcome hurts, addiction, grief. As God said in the Book of Isaiah, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”
When you lack the strength to keep your faith, God will provide and keep you close. We must believe and trust in God when the waters of life are rising, our faith will get us through it.
Lord, help us to keep our faith and give us the strength to hold on to You.