The idea of hope is gut wrenching, and yet it is the very thing that drives our motivation as believers in Christ.

The tattoo pictured above is an interpretation of Ephesians 2:4-5 NLT – “But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!)”

This verse represents the beautiful picture of the gospel. It means so much to me, and let’s hope so, because this is my tattoo!

However, the promise of resurrected, redeemed life does not make the pain and grief we encounter an easy walk in the park.

Sprinkle on a little hope in any situation, and you have a recipe for closure and healing…I wish it were that easy.

I watched my good friends say goodbye to their little Magnolia May this year due to an inoperable brain tumor. She’s now cuddling with Jesus. And although I know Jake and Davy have found hope in the verse fore mentioned and others like it, their pain is still so real.

I think it grieves the heart of the Father that hope is a thing. For hope to exist, there has to be something better, something yet to come. This is the space in which we currently live… and it sucks. And yet, we must cling to hope.

Not a day goes by that I don’t think about the grief of my friends and what hope means for them.

“For us, hope is found in the promise of Heaven” – Jake and Davy

Well said.