There’s no more disturbing place to find yourself than one without hope and peace. Last year—a year of so much loss, grief, and uncertainty as to what the next day, minute, or hour would bring—hope and peace have been hard to come by. With uncertainty came unease. Any semblance of control I had over my life was an illusion.
Sometimes the anxiety felt so overwhelming, so heavy, I strained to reach out for hope. Whenever I try to create my own hope and peace amid the inadequacies of the world, I’m lulled into a false sense of comfort and safety.
Where do I find hope and peace? In Jesus’ words: “Remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).
Understanding the meaning of “Remember, I am with you always,” eases my burdened heart. My hope is buoyed when the body of Christ finds new forms of coming together to proclaim love, grace, and mercy. In these new ways of gathering, I have found peace in the midst of the turbulence.
This message is an excerpt from “A breath of life” by Tuhina Verma Rasche in the December 2020 issue of Gather magazine. Today we celebrate Nurses Day (#NationalNursesDay) and World Labyrinth Day.