How I got over.

About two years ago I watched the documentary ‘Amazing Grace’ featuring Aretha Franklin. There was one song that I noted down back then called ‘How I got over’. For two years I have wondered if I can write anything about that.

When I was putting away my daughter’s notes from a youth meeting yesterday, I saw that she had defined hope as ‘waiting for good things to happen’.That made me sad because I remembered the many times when I tried to wait for things to get better. Even now, I often attempt to survive on that. But the fact is, we can’t get over on a desperate wish. For me, it has got to be by pinning everything I hope for and everything I am going through on God; the Father who sent His Son to die for us. Every day I try to remember that a stronger, eternal presence is holding me.

This isn’t just a crutch. This is everything that I live for. So when I talk about light or birdsong or kindness, they all find their source in my faith. I don’t like to alienate people who don’t share that with me, but today as my heart feels as shaky as I am, all I can do is to hold on to the steadiest thing I know.

How I got over is by reaching my hands up to my Father, helped by the people around me. That is the only, the best, answer I have.

The darkness of Ukraine is weighing us all down right now. But as the old hymn says, ‘My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly trust in Jesus’ name… When darkness seems to hide His face, I rest on His unchanging grace.’ I pray that for the people in Ukraine today, but I’m also praying it for you, my lovely readers.

One thought on “How I got over.

  1. What we hope in and hope for changes as we grow and experience the good and bad of life …. don’t be too sad about the ‘naive’ response – she’s just a wean! I feel as life goes on what I hope for becomes more spare, narrow, focussed, essential.

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