May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
– Romans 15:13 (NRSV)
Life is all about change. It isn’t static, but a constant cycle of changes that, like it or not, we must continually embrace, endure and adjust to. Life can take us to the heights of amazing joy, only to plummet us to the depths of incredible sorrow and darkness. How we react to those changes is what defines us. A strong faith and belief in God guides us along a path that encourages us to be grateful when we experience the absolute goodness of life, but that same faith and belief in God can guide us to the light when our life is enveloped in what can seem like such unbearable darkness. Recognizing that God is always with us and his spirit is always within us throughout life’s journey, helps to keep us grounded, humble and hopeful.