Broken Relationships

Hope is Precious During Difficult Seasons

Posted in Broken Relationships, Career Change, Caregiving, Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care, Grief and Grieving, Illness on October 30th, 2008 by Jim Hughes – 2 Comments
Light at the End of a Tunnel

Light at the End of a Tunnel

Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. Anne Lamott

When a loss event occurs, whether it’s death, illness, a broken relationship, a lost job, or whatever, we naturally head into a darker place.

It’s just like entering a tunnel.  At first, we still have some light, because we’re just getting started.  But as we move further into the grief and chaos that accompanies loss, life becomes darker.  It’s harder to see where to go, what to do, because we don’t have enough light.

Hope that an end to the darkness will eventially come is a critical element to coping during difficult seasons.  For those experiencing the season, holding onto hope is a daily challenge.

With hope, a person can show up and try to do the right things.  Without hope, paralysis sets in.

To those of us who sojourn with those experiencing difficult seasons, whether as friends, or relatives, or caregivers or chaplains, helping them maintain this hope is one of the most helpful things we can do.  Having others who have experienced similar seasons listen and then offer an encouraging word of hope is healing.

If you’re in the midst of a difficult season, seek out those who can bolster your hope.  And once you’re out of that season, seek out those to whom you can provide hope.