EDITOR’S IN­TRO­DUC­TION hard times

Activated - - NEWS - Sa­muel Keat­ing Ex­ec­u­tive Editor

At the time I’m writ­ing this, my car has been giv­ing me trou­ble. It’s been like this for a while; and when­ever it seems like it’s fixed, it’s not long be­fore some­thing goes wrong again. It’s al­ready cost quite a bit of time and money, and it’s look­ing like more will be re­quired be­fore the root prob­lem is found. When things don’t work the way they should, I get stressed, and this has been my neme­sis of late.

Per­haps you’re go­ing through a rough patch too. Or maybe you’re fac­ing a ma­jor hard­ship or heart­break. Maybe you re­cently lost your job or some­one you were close to. Maybe you’ve been beaten down one too many times, and you just can’t imag­ine that any­thing good can hap­pen in your life, that you could catch a break.

What­ever you’re deal­ing with, you’re not alone. Je­sus Him­self ex­pe­ri­enced hard times—He even asked His Fa­ther if it was re­ally nec­es­sary to go through with His trial and ex­e­cu­tion.

1 Some­times our hard­ships can be so over­whelm­ing that we be­come par­a­lyzed. When we feel trapped by fear or grief, un­able to take the tini­est step to­ward re­cov­ery, what we need most is a guide—some­one or some­thing to give hope and il­lu­mi­nate the path to­ward heal­ing. It can be a friend, an in­spi­ra­tional book or web­site, mu­sic, or most im­por­tantly, God. No mat­ter what our cir­cum­stance or dif­fi­culty, we can rest as­sured that God will al­ways be faith­ful.

2 If you hap­pen to be strug­gling to­day, or if you know some­one else who is care­worn, then you have come to the right place for heal­ing. I hope my car will—even­tu­ally—run as good as new. What is more cer­tain is that God will help you through your dif­fi­culty. His Word prom­ises “The Lord hears his peo­ple when they call to him for help. He res­cues them from all their trou­bles.”

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