Part 12 of a Segment-by-Challenging-Segment Series on 1 Corinthians 13
1 Corinthians 13:7c (NASB)
(love)… hopes all things,
1 Corinthians 13:7c (AMP)
(Love’s) …. hopes are fadeless under all circumstances,
“We are at the point, Sheryl, that we’re going to have to place you in a long-term facility,” the doctor said.
“No, I’ll wither up and die for sure in a one of those places.”
“I’m sorry, but I have no choice.”
The doctor gave me the news while I was a patient at a short-term behavior health unit (an inpatient mental health facility). After years in and out of mental hospitals, and following another failed suicide attempt, the psychiatrist was now considering committing me to the state hospital.
But then, Kathy called.
“Hi, Sheryl. Mike and I want you to live with us until you get on your feet.”
Tears of gratitude streamed down my face. My youngest sister’s gesture gave me the courage to hope again. Thankfully my doctor allowed me to go to my sister’s house in lieu of the state institution.
After moving in with Kathy and Mike, I met Joan at Calvary Chapel Church. She quickly became my best friend. Joan kept me laughing and never allowed the stress of my instability keep her from including me in her life.
During the dark years prior to that time, my (not much older) sister, Teri and her husband took me in for weeks at a time offering tons of support and love.
I’m dedicating this week’s post to these ladies, my Aunt Joan (who never stopped praying for me), and to many others, whose hopes were fadeless under all circumstances throughout my slow journey while coming out of depression and a serious eating disorder.
I would not be enjoying healthy relationships, including my marriage to Bert (five and half years and counting!), enjoying selling radio advertising again, writing this blog, etc. if it wasn’t for those who refused to give up hope that one day I would be all right.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I’m thankful to all those who never lost hope in an all powerful God for Whom nothing is too difficult. Thank you, Father, for continuing the work You have begun in me.
Happy Thanksgiving to all who support and participate in the Memorizing Scripture Blog. I love and appreciate every one of you, and pray for you almost every day.
And to my wonderful husband, Bert: You are very precious to me. I’m grateful that I get to serve the God of all hope with you.
What do you think?
• Will memorizing and meditating on this segment of 1 Corinthians 13 help you to persevere in hope for one another, even if it takes years before you see any changes?
• What section of Scripture would you like to memorize and obey (one small segment at a time) after we complete 1 Corinthians 13? (It could be a chapter, section of a chapter, a few verses, or even one verse).