Keep Hope Alive


Trust that you are being led through your struggle to a transformed life.

(Listen to my song “Changed” on YouTube by clicking HERE)


Hebrews 2:18

Because he himself was tested through what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.


Since God is love (1 John 4:8)…then I can’t believe that God inflicts us with suffering as some kind of test.

That would be cruel.

Hardships seem to be part of life.

Jesus experienced all the joys and sorrows of being human.

God becoming flesh shows us that flesh…is good…as is all creation.

Indeed, everything is sacred.

St. Irenaeus said, “The glory of God is the human fully alive.”

All of human experience is sacred…the joys and sorrows.

Through the sorrows we learn compassion.

It seems to be the only way that we are awakened from the delusion that life is all about me.

As Richard Rohr puts it: “Suffering is the most effective way whereby humans learn to trust, allow, and give up control to Another Source. I wish there were a different answer, but Jesus reveals on the cross both the path and the price of full transformation into the divine.”

We are all meant to be transformed.

Whatever pain and suffering you are going through…know that Jesus went through the pain of total rejection, extreme persecution and what appeared to be total defeat.

But he did so while responding with love, mercy, forgiveness and compassion.

And in the end, total defeat was transformed into total victory in the resurrection.

This path is your path as well!

Trust that God is with you in your struggle.

Allow it to transform you.

Then your pain will one day be a source of transformation and new life for others.


Listen to the song of the day “Changed” on the Give Praise and Thanks album by clicking HERE.

Sample and/or purchase my songs on iTunes by clicking HERE.

Remember…God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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