A Single Beam of Hope

Sometimes it’s all just too much. One thing stacks on another. You feel like you can’t take one more thing. But here it comes anyway.

All of a sudden, your senses seem to halt. You can’t hear. And you can’t speak either.

The stress has gotten to the point where you’re just completely overwhelmed. Even if it’s just momentary, it feels like the whole world is arrayed against you.

And in your heart? Perhaps it’s anger. Maybe it’s grief. Or worry. And it could just be a deep, deep hurt. Whatever it is, it feels crushing.

And yet, somewhere deep down inside, underneath layers and layers of all that dark, heavy emotion, there still lies just a tiny glimmer. A single itsy, bitsy beam of light — for your soul.

That little beam? It’s hope. The world may be caving in on top of you, but somehow all is not yet lost.

Because God is real. He does know you. And you matter to him.

After all, he gave you his one and only Son’s life to rescue you from sin and eternal death — from darkness that lasts forever.

King David knew that darkness. He also knew that beam of hope… and he knew that God hears and answers prayer.

“I am like the deaf, who cannot hear, like the mute, who cannot speak; I have become like one who does not hear, whose mouth can offer no reply. Lord, I wait for you; you will answer, Lord my God” (Psalm 38:13-15, NIV).

Lord, you are real. You know me, and I matter to you because in Christ, I’m your child. I am burdened and weighed down. Please hear my prayers and answer them.

Our Bible reading for Monday, March 30, is Numbers 27:12 – 29:11, Luke 8:1-18 and Psalm 38:13-22.

Header image based on "hope" by Forest Wander, CC By-SA 2.0

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I'm married to my beautiful wife Julie and have five kids whose names all begin with the letter A. I'm a pastor at CrossWalk Church in Phoenix, AZ. I love Jesus, my wife, my kids, and my grandkids. Huge Arizona Cardinals fan! Reading, hiking, camping, travel, and fishing are my top 5 downtime pleasures.

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  1. Our Bible reading for Monday, March 30, is Numbers 27:12 – 29:11, Luke 8:1-18 and Psalm 38:13-22.

    Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.” When he said this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.” (‭Luke‬ ‭8‬:‭8‬ NIV)

    But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop. (‭Luke‬ ‭8‬:‭15‬ NIV)

    Heavenly Father, you teach us so much in your word. I have ears, when you speak to me I listen. I have eyes, I admire all you have created. I have a heart, it is filled with love and joy. I am a man, I am sinful and after all the wonder you do in my life I sin against you. Lord I confess my sin. It makes me feel guilt and shame, so I lift it up to you. Lord you are swift in justice, but you are also abundant in love. Stay with me Lord, be close to me in all I do. Stay close to all those I love.

    I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin. (‭Psalm‬ ‭38‬:‭18‬ NIV)

    Lord, do not forsake me; do not be far from me, my God. Come quickly to help me, my Lord and my Savior. (‭Psalm‬ ‭38‬:‭21-22‬ NIV)

    ~Paul Montenieri

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