Hope for a Troubled Mind
Do you have a troubled heart? Maybe you live most days in stress or fear of the outcomes that are ahead. Most often, the only way that we can mend a troubled heart is through faith, through hope, and acceptance that God has a plan. As we learn from theologians, the only way we can come to acceptance with our sins is through hope that things will change, that life will bring the goodness of God, even when we can't quite see it. What are those areas where you are the most troubled right now? Is there something weighing on your heart and mind that makes it difficult to live the fullest of your life?
Today's Gospel states:'"Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way where I am going." Thomas said to him, "Lord, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?" Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me' (John 14:1-6).
Today's Gospel talks about how in the Father's house, there are many rooms, being prepared for us, a place to long for in God. God welcomes us into a life of faith, into living in discipleship, and to bring others into this same hope. God is always preparing us to return, the term 'exits reditus' meaning 'on the way, coming from God and returning to God. The best reason to face the day is to experience the joy that comes with uncertainty, and the hope that God is giving us a purpose. Take some time and ask God to help bring you hope each and every day, especially under a troubled mind.
Today's prayer comes from 'i believe' a prayer for hope:
Lord, help me to hear you saying, "I am your hope" over all the other voices. Lord, your word says, you are the hope for hopeless so I'm running to you with both hands stretched out and grabbing on to you. Fill me up with hope and give me a tangible reminder today that hope is an unbreakable spiritual lifeline (Hebrews 6:19-20). God, you know those things in my heart that I barely dare to hope for, today I give them to you, I trust them to you, and ask that you because I know that you can do more than I could ever guess, imagine or request in wildest dreams (Eph 3:20). God, you are my hope and I trust you. Amen.