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Living in Hope

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It’s interesting to me to note that after a physical event like a stroke, your body and your mind have only one goal, and that is to recover.  You want to mend as quickly as you can and get back to what feels normal to you.  Your desire to heal and to fully recover is something you take on at first with as much enthusiasm as you can muster.

There’s only one problem.  You don’t just recover!  You don’t just put a band-aid on your wounds and go back to business as usual.  Before you can recover, you must go through a process that is called recovery.  You simply added a “y” to the word recover, but you added a lot of “why” to your desire to get the job done.

The recovery process, the act of mending and getting back to the old you, can be long and hard and tedious.  It can be like sitting in a rocking chair in the living room where you’re rocking as fast as you can, but you’re simply going nowhere.  It can feel like no matter what you do, you are never going to mend, and it can play games with your head and your heart.

When you’re in recovery mode, I hope you will remember this.  You have a treasure from God.  You have an opportunity to draw nearer and nearer to the One who knows you and who wants you to be whole. You may not always know what to do next, or even have the energy it takes to do the next step in your recovery process, but you have help.  You have a treasure that will never fade and it is the hope of living that God put within in.  It is the hope that pierces your heart and reminds you that giving up is not an option.

Today, you may wonder when you’ll feel better or when you will be fully recovered.  You may wonder why all this happened to you.  The best question to ask though is something like, “What can I do to help my body recover?” 

The people who are caring for you, the family and friends who surround you, will keep holding you up.  They hold you close so that you will never give up the hope of living the life God intends for you.

You may be down, but you’re not destroyed. God is with you even now.

We have this treasure from God, but we are like clay jars that hold the treasure. This shows that the great power is from God, not from us. We have troubles all around us, but we are not defeated. We do not know what to do, but we do not give up the hope of living.  We are persecuted, but God does not leave us. We are hurt sometimes, but we are not destroyed.

2 Corinthians 4:7-9, NCV

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