And you, because of my blood covenant with you, I’ll release your prisoners from their hopeless cells. Come home, hope-filled prisoners! This very day I’m declaring a double bonus— everything you lost returned twice-over! ~ Zechariah 9:12 MSG

Darkness is real. And depression is too. I have felt it many times. You wake up, and there is no purpose, no sense of life... Nothing. But you wake up anyway. You try to survive. And then one day, everything changes. Hope comes to the scene, and little by little, life starts to change. You feel like you can smile, laugh, talk to your loved ones again, and do the things you used to enjoy. I believe hope is a miracle; a miracle from our Loving Father in heaven.

Jesus really wants us to live an abundant life. But when pain and sorrow comes to our lives, we feel that He has forgotten us. We feel abandoned, and hopeless. But God will always be God, and He will use all of our failures and weaknesses to bring glory to His name. We will learn something valuable in the desert. And we will be more beautiful than before. Jesus restores the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He sees us, and He is with us even when do not feel His presence.

Jesus is calling us out of darkness into His wonderful light. He will make all things new. All things.

Credits: Photo "Igniting Hope - Day 149" by Olivia Bell (www.deviantart.com). Video "Need You Now (How Many Times)" by Plumb (www.YouTube.com/kloveradio)


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