This, this is what I would say. Christ makes a difference. He’s not a formula to keep us from all pain and discomfort. He’s not a guarantee that our kids will turn out “right.” He’s not a Santa in the sky that will make everything the way we want it if we just pray harder.
But HE MAKES A DIFFERENCE.
We have a family very close to us going through a horribly difficult time. It’s as bad as it gets and I’m not overstating anything. Their situation has been ongoing for years. It was out of their control – not a result of bad decisions. There has been little relief from the pain, and no relief from the effects of trauma for one family member.
In the counselor’s office they are told that rarely if ever a family goes through this and is not ravaged by substance abuse, trouble with the law and every other bad thing you can think of.
Yet in the midst of unspeakable pain and trauma, there is stability. There is health. There is a community they have become a part of eagerly waiting to embrace and support them.
There is no substance abuse.
There is no violence.
There is no bad company that corrupts good character.
How does this happen? How can a world that is waiting to devour an aching, war torn soul with disastrous non-solutions not get a foothold?
I believe it is because of this: when they could have easily blamed God for all their problems, they instead focused on Him as their hope to endure their circumstances.
I don’t have a logical explanation for awful or unfair because I’m not the one writing the story (taken from “One Thousand Gifts,” Ann Voskamp). But I do know what I’ve seen. That in the midst of every thing, there is hope.
A long road of healing gaping wounds awaits this family, but it is not without hope. A non-religious counselor recently told them, “Maybe it’s because of your faith.” I am convinced it is.
The faith-hope of a relentless mother fighting for her children.
The faith-hope of friends.
The faith-hope of a Comforter.
The faith-hope of focus.
Christ in me, Christ in me, the hope of glory. Amen and amen.