Hope in the darkness
Yet, I call this to mind, and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord's faithful love we do not perish, for his mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness!
These words from Lamentations are powerful and life-giving. They speak to how a person who is suffering greatly can have daily hope.
Lamentations is a book of, you guessed it, laments - cries out to God and the world about how harsh and difficult life is. The first three chapters are nothing but laments and deep cries of distress from a person who is suffering greatly every day.
Until you get to 3:21; where we get the great word, "YET." The writer is essentially shouting, "Yes, all of these bad things are happening and it is greatly painful, YET I have hope today in the midst of this darkness because of who my God is."
The author doesn't have hope because the circumstances changed, or because the pain went away, or because the darkness is gone. The author rejoices and has hope because God's love is there, present, new every single day.
Jesus at the end of the Gospel of Matthew makes a promise to be with His disciples always.
Always includes the bad times of life.
Always includes the hard moments.
Always includes the times filled with nothing but grief.
We have the secure promise that God's love is always present and new for us every single day because Jesus has promised to be with us always.