Hope springs eternal.  Faith and friends; two keys to overcoming difficult times.

 

Storm clouds can form any time in our lives. That's when Faith and Friends become so important. I was reminded of this the first time I met Sarah.

"If it wasn't for the Atlantic City Rescue Mission my family wouldn't have a place to live. I was laid off from my job of seven years. I was lost. If it weren’t for people who support this Mission and the staff, I wouldn't be where I am today. We have a chance now", said Sara, mother of two, who’s now in permanent housing through the Mission.

Her story is a good example of how life-challenges and difficult times can strike anyone at any time!

Think about it. We never truly know what’s around the corner. When Sarah spoke these words to me, it was a personal reminder about how important it is to stick together.  It’s also important to have a little faith and remember no matter what’s going on in your life…this too shall pass.

At the Mission we get to witness the good, the bad, the highs, the lows, the challenges and the personal successes in people’s lives every day.  What I see over and over again is that it takes two things to overcome difficult times — Faith and Friends.

Faith: is a personal belief that things will get better. It’s a feeling of complete trust or confidence. It’s Faith in yourself, that you can overcome any obstacle. Best of all, it can be cultivated. A deep spiritual relationship can make all the difference in the world.

Friends: can encourage us. They are willing to lend a shoulder in difficult times. They can also help you in all kinds of ways. You can find both of these things in a place of worship or right in your own neighborhood.

Many people have a difficult time admitting when they need help.  But this is the doorway we all pass through to overcome the rough spots in life.  And in reality, that’s how we were actually designed… to help each other so we never have to go through life alone.

So, have a little faith, lean on a friend and be willing to ask for help. You’ll be surprised at the blessing you are in store for.

 

It's important to remember God is with us through the good times and the bad.

Photo Caption Ocean City: last summer... Who would have thought the whole
coastline would have been radically transformed in the months to come.

Writer: Tom Davidson, Director of Development
Atlantic City Rescue Mission

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