Have you ever felt like you just couldn’t go on anymore?

I have.

Over and over and over again…I thought I couldn’t continue through any more trials. I wanted to give up on even hoping because I was tired of waiting, tired of praying, and tired of fighting the hard. I’ve been there again just this week. I know the fight of despair, desperation and lost determination.

But, that song which proclaims, “Christ in me, the hope of glory,” it rings a truth I cannot shun.

When you are tried and run down, when life seems to keep knocking you over and when you think you can’t get back up, you can.  Not on your own strength though. Not even on the strength of others.

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Sweet words from a friend minister to the spirit. Encouragement from others may lift us up. Sharing experiences with others helps us to feel less alone.

Sometimes though, those words don’t come. Encouragement seems dreadfully far off. Too far to come near.

Community and fellowship fulfill a God given design for his people. Burdens are shared. One helps to lift up the other.

Yet, we sense we need more. We know it to be true.

2 Corinthians 1:8-10 reminds me that in the times where I longed deeply for words and community, when they weren’t there, God was working.

He was asking me to rely on Him – completely.

For we do not want you be unaware,
brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia.
For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength
that we despaired of life itself.
Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death.
But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.
He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us.
On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again.
2 Corinthians 1:8-10

On him – we have set our hope.

By him – we can go on.

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