How can one continue to hope when everything seems so hard in life?
I have applied to over 300 jobs, and I have received few interviews and no job offers. My finances are difficult; I am living by going to school and taking out loans. How can I ever hope to repay these loans? How can I ever hope to find a job?
Living in poverty is so hard. People constantly take what little money you do have. There are endless bank fees, raises on bus fare, raises on rent. There are clothes and diapers to buy for a fast-growing toddler, and food that grows ever more expensive.
Yet my hope is not in a job, or a career. My hope is not in money. My hope is not in a big house, a fancy car, beautiful clothes. My hope is not in a powerful position of fame and authority.
My hope is in YHWH, creator of heaven and earth. My hope is in YHWH, creator and lover of my soul. My hope is in YHWH, giver of abundant and eternal life, both now and in the future. My hope is in YHWH, loving father who supplies all that I need.
As I celebrate this Shabbat, I meditate on hope.
I find hope in a simple life of loving and being loved by YHWH.
I find hope in the love of my small family.
I find hope that life is worth living even when the future seems bleak.
I find hope in the beauty of today, forgiving the pain of the past and letting go of the fear of the future.
I find hope in life.
My life is a beautiful gift to be discovered, unwrapped, enjoyed. Life does not consist in number of possessions or number of friends. Life consists in beauty, spirituality, the deep rivers of the soul.
YHWH is hope. YHWH is life.
Today is hope. Today is life.
Psalm 20:7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of YHWH