I am utterly spent and crushed;
I groan because of the tumult of my heart. (Ps 38:8)
Again, the Psalms ‘tell it like it is’. I suspect we have all felt this way. Sadly for some, this is a more regular occurrence. When I am in this situation, I have a choice. I can continue to feel sorry for myself OR I can have faith and hand the situation over to God. This is not in expectation of a ‘bolt of lightning’. Rather, my experience is that ‘handing over’ can be a lengthy process. Acknowledging my weakness allows God to enter and/or allows me to perceive God at work – gently, subtly.
Focussing on the signs of hope amidst our difficulties is cultivating an Easter attitude. Young people can feel that their lives are full of troubles. Sharing our faith, our hope-filled experience might comfort young people. Such a down-to-earth faith is likely to ring true for young people, guiding them further along their faith journey; helping them to perceive the good that is constantly in their lives.
Have a great week!