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Friends in Christ Weekly Message
October 2, 2004

I'll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness,
     the taste of ashes, the poison I've swallowed.
I remember it all - oh, how well I remember -
     the feeling of hitting the bottom.
But there's one other thing I remember,
     and remembering, I keep a grip on hope:
God's loyal love couldn't have run out,
     his merciful love couldn't have dried up.
They're created new every morning.
     How great your faithfulness!
I'm sticking with God (I say it over and over).
     He's all I've got left.

Lamentations 3:19-24 (Message*)

Sometimes we get very down. Life seems bitter and hopeless. What do we do then?

No matter how bleak things seem, we must "keep a grip on hope." We must remember that God's love never runs out and his mercy is new each morning. When there seems to be nothing else to hold on to, we can stick with God and depend on God's faithfulness. He may be all you have left, but God is always more than enough.

Dear friends, stay focused on God's love. Remember that you have something you can count on which is greater than anything this world has to offer. Do not be discouraged no matter what your circumstances. Face the day in the certainty that you are loved by God.

Bill Samuel

* The Message version ©2002 by Eugene H. Peterson.

©2004 Friends in Christ, Inc.

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