Veteran youth and family pastor Cameron Cole experienced his worst nightmare come true on Monday, November 11, 2013, when his three-year-old son Cam did not wake up. In the months and years that followed, Cole and his wife Lauren recognized how a foundation of twelve theological truths about the love and character of God helped them find hope in the loss of their son. Cole wrote Therefore I Have Hope: Twelve Truths That Comfort, Sustain, and Redeem in Tragedy in order to offer that same hope and comfort to others in the midst of their own tragedies.
Along with an introductory video, each of the following videos will correspond to a chapter in Cole’s book. You will find them on our blog, our YouTube Channel, on Facebook and on Instagram.
The Long Haul – The final set of videos, ”The Long Haul,” discusses important doctrines that help you persevere meaningfully and hopefully when you consider living the rest of your life with the wound that your Worst has inflicted upon you: joy, service, heaven.
Video Eleven: Joy – God can turn your sorrow into joy. He can turn your mourning into dancing. He can bring you to a place where the memory of your season of suffering induces joy.
Video Twelve: Service– Your life continues to have meaning and purpose on the other side of your Worst. In fact, that sense of meaning and purpose only deepens if we allow God to heal us and then open ourselves to the redemptive call of God in a broken world.
Video Thirteen: Heaven– Because heaven constitutes the bedrock of your hope, meditate on it often. It will remind you that your Worst is temporary and short relative to the blessed eternity awaiting you.