I see them on Facebook, meet them in the words of their blogs, watch them in the middle of the grocery store, and even encounter them sitting in a pew at church. Their heart is breaking under the load they have to carry.
They just found out their husband is involved in pornography.
Their wife is having an affair with one of your friends.
Their bills are larger than their paycheck.
Their child is was caught shoplifting.
Their baby died in an accident involving a drunk driver.
Their daughter has an eating disorder.
Their father is fighting cancer.
Their grandson is in jail for a crime he didn't commit -- or one he did.
Heartbreak -- we encounter it everyday. We walk beside it in the mall, drive beside it, worship with it, exercise beside it at the gym. What's our response to the souls whose heart beats cataclysmic grief? Do we have anything to give when the tapes of their head play a tune of failure over and over? What would it take to give new hope to those whose dreams lay in a puddle at their feet?
We offer them our God.
Our God who loves.
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God (1 John 3:1).
Our God who gives rest.Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).
Our God who gives peace.The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace (Psalm 29:11).
Our God who gives hope.For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11).
Our God who gives confidence.The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing (Zephaniah 3:17).
Our God is the only answer to those devastated by the hard things life brings -- He promises to keep us from stumbling--by the grip of His right hand.