“Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.”
─ Psalm 42:11
Henry sat alone in the waiting room while his brother recovered from surgery. The doctors had asked that only two family members at a time be permitted into his brother’s ICU room. His brother was stable now, but they were watching him closely.
A woman came into the waiting room and sat down. She seemed dazed and frightened and after a few minutes, Henry realized she was alone. He walked over, poured two cups of coffee, and offered it to the woman while asking if he could sit with her.
She half-smiled, nodded and said her name was Connie. Very gently, he started a conversation with her and found out that her husband had been assaulted and was having brain surgery at that very moment. His prognosis was not good. Henry asked her if he could pray with her. He took her empty hand and prayed for her, her husband and the medical team caring for him. Then he asked God to fill her with hope – His hope.
One afternoon, Henry saw Connie in the cafeteria. She told him, “Thank you for taking the time to talk with me and for sharing the hope of God with me. You reminded me that I was never alone. God’s hope lives inside of me, and it is His hope that carries us through our most difficult times.
Today’s One Thing
Ask God to show you who you can share His hope with this week.