Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Hope is Just a Prayer Away

Dear Friends,

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. ~ Isaiah 9:2

Are you living in the darkness of divorce, death, depression, or difficult circumstances? Are you in need of a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel? Isaiah promises that even in darkness, even in death itself, there is good ground for hope, for the power of God is able to restore life to His people even when they appear to be already dead!

Have you given up seeing light brought to bear in a “dark” church situation?  Are there factions splitting people apart from each other into dark debates and despondency?  There’s a great light shining!  There’s a great light because a great Savior came.  “Among them hath the light shined” (Is. 9:2, KJV).  Among whom?  This prediction was fulfilled when Christ preached along the Galilean seacoast (see Matt. 4:16); the light brought promise of deliverance for Israel. A new day had come!

The Savior is a great source of comfort to us too.  Many live in the darkness of divorce or in the shadow of death.  Some watch a loved one slowly disintegrate before their eyes.  Others, in seemingly “perfect” circumstances, live in the deepest darkness of all - depression that nothing seems to penetrate!  Listen to the Good News!  There’s light at the end of the tunnel - look up and see Jesus standing there!  Hear what He says: “I am the light of the world.  He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” (John 8:12).

Walking in His Light,

Jill Briscoe
Executive Editor


  1. ♫Trying to walk in the steps of the Savior,
    Trying to follow our Savior and King;
    Shaping our lives by His blessed example,
    Happy, how happy, the songs that we bring.
    How beautiful to walk in the steps of the Savior,
    Stepping in the light, stepping in the light,
    How beautiful to walk in the steps of the Savior,
    Led in paths of light.
    Pressing more closely to Him Who is leading,
    When we are tempted to turn from the way;
    Trusting the arm that is strong to defend us,
    Happy, how happy, our praises each day.
    Walking in footsteps of gentle forbearance,
    Footsteps of faithfulness, mercy, and love,
    Looking to Him for the grace freely promised,
    Happy, how happy, our journey above.
    Trying to walk in the steps of the Savior,
    Upward, still upward, we follow our Guide;
    When we shall see Him, “the King in His beauty,”
    Happy, how happy, our place at His side♫
    ~Eliza E. Hewitt, c.1890

  2. When you're depressed, it's hard to remember that the light is there, even if you don't see it.