A Letter For You

By Fin Sheridan

Dear ___________,

It was so good to hear from you. You’ve been in my thoughts and prayers recently. I understand how tough it’s been for you and that sense of excitement, nerves, faith and fear are all completely normal. This is a part of life. Whether we anticipate them or not, the winds of change are going to blow.

You might not realise it but you are actually highly capable when it comes to change. The skin cells that cover your hand weren’t there 3 weeks ago; they die and are replaced without your permission. Despite those creams and products you use, your face is aging.

You are constantly in transition. As you walk through your day, you adapt and adjust to circumstances; a late train, a task that took longer, a cancelled social appointment. You seamlessly navigate these waters, like a skilled sailor. Of course, there are things which rattle us more; changes which do require a pause and a decision and a moment, but you have dealt with those too.

If there’s one thing I can comfort you with, it’s this: You and I have hope. A real, Jesus-soaked, grace-grounded hope. Hope that can anchor even the most worried soul, hope that can carry you through the hottest fire, the deepest water, and the most furious storm.

There’s a verse that keeps me going in times of change, when I feel like the fog of fear is thickest, and it’s 1 Peter 1:13. Peter writes that we should set our hope fully on the grace that will be brought to us at the revelation of Jesus Christ. It’s for that revelation that I’m praying for you. That you would see Jesus more, feel his grace for you. That your heart would be filled with courage in this time of troubling transition and you’d find a solid resting place for your hope.

Take a breath. The Sovereign King of the Universe is your friend and he deeply cares for you. Your times are not spiralling out of control; they hang perfectly in his hand. There is nothing to be afraid of.

Your friend, Fin

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