My dear friend, (whom I know only through FaceBook) Michelle Bengston, has been through so much this year. In the midst of all, her book, Hope Prevails, was released. Although we’ve not spoken of this, I would venture to say that when she began writing this book, she was not aware of how much all of us, herself included, would need this book. If you haven’t read it, the book should be on the top of your list of books to read in 2017.
Michelle posted the comments below on Christmas Eve night. It resonated with me and I asked her permission to share it with you. My prayer for you is that you will know, regardless of your circumstances, regardless of how bleak your life seems to be at this moment, that you will grasp and hang onto the fact that Hope Prevails!
Posted on FaceBook by Michelle Bengston on December 24, 2016.
I’ve got my sick lads tucked in bed, and the house is now quiet, lit up only by the lights on the tree. The tree has only one ornament on it this year, one that says “HOPE.” It’s been a year of sharing the message of #HopePrevails that was only made possible because of the birth of our Savior.
Yet tonight I can’t help but think of the miracles we are waiting to see come to pass in our family and also thinking of all those I know who are in need of His same touch. The grieving widows and parents. The orphans coming to the table this year missing one or both parents. Single parents trying to make ends meet. Parents of incarcerated children. Those who are divorced, alone, and trying to find a new normal. Those who are estranged from their loved ones. Those in need of physical healing. Those in need of emotional healing. Those in need of financial healing.
Tonight as I reflect on the significance of the holiday, I’m ever grateful that God didn’t send a president, or an entertainer, or a professor, or a scientist to the world, but instead He sent a Savior who was born in the most lowly of places to save us from our lowest selves, and to show us an unfailing love that isn’t dependent on what we do or who we are but whose we are.
The greatest miracle was that Jesus would give up His place in heaven to come to save us all before we even knew we would need it. If God would do that out of His great love for us, surely He is able to meet any other need we would have. “He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all you can ever dream, imagine, or pray for!” (Ephesians 3:20) Now that is a miracle we can all depend on!
Because of His great love for us, #HopePrevails!