Discouragement. Despair. Depression. What do these three words have in common? In a word: hopelessness. That’s a word which packs a punch. Just hearing the word paints a mental picture that leaves a person feeling sad and alone. Personally, I believe hopelessness is why antidepressants were created. No one likes to feel like there is no hope because it means there is no possibility of improvement or resolution to a problem. I've experienced times in my life when I thought all hope was lost, and those days truly were the darkest days of my life.
It’s easy to grow discouraged and believe there is no hope when it comes to suffering and living with a chronic illness. We know what tomorrow holds for us physically. It’s a reasonable assumption to think the day will be filled with sickness, pain, and fatigue because that is the life of a person living with an illness. Yet as depressing as that thought can be, it still doesn’t begin to compare to a day we read about in Scripture – the Day of No Hope.