"You hope as well as you know your Father."
If you were to ask any one of us what the hardest part of being a house parent is, I think we would all agree- saying goodbye. Letting go.
We love these kids like they are ours. We live life with them and a beautiful relationship blossoms. Then sometimes, circumstances are beyond our control, and it is all uprooted long before we're ready, long before we'd plan. And we have to say goodbye.
I am so grateful for the good times. For beautiful moments of love and laughter. For the relationships that will not be forgotten, and for the truths and joys that have been shared. But we know it will not always be this way. Not for me, not for you, and not for our kids. Good times will be challenged, and difficulties are certain. We are broken people in a broken world. Hard times will come. What then? What hope can we offer?
"If our hope in Christ is good only for this life, we are worse off than anyone else."
-1 Corinthians 15:19
I am finding this to be so true. If our hope is only in this life, then everything we know can be uprooted in a moment. Our hope would end with what we see- with our happiness and plans- with this life.
"If our hope is only for this life..."
But it does not end there.
"But Christ" says verse 20.
"But Christ has been raised to life!"
Jesus changes everything. This is why when our kids come to us in tears and heartbreak, knowing they will have to enter into the unknown, we can point them to Hope. He sees and He knows, and it breaks His heart.
And He sees your pain, too.
But Christ has been raised to life.
Somehow He chose to enter into this broken world, to have relationships with broken people.
To become broken Himself.
But this is not where the story ends. He overcame death, offering a hope and a future. He promises to be with us in the hard times, to make all things right one day, and to wipe away every tear. This life is temporary, but what a hope we have for the future, when we will finally be home!
1 Corinthians continues:
"Death has lost the battle! Where is its victory? Where is its sting?" (verse 55)
"But thank God for letting our Lord Jesus Christ give us the victory!" (verse 57)
The chapter ends so beautifully with verse 58:
"My dear friends, stand firm and don't be shaken. Always keep busy working for the Lord. You know that everything you do for Him is worthwhile."
And so, we will continue to hope.