Hopeful Assurance Ruchti continues: When we stand in a muddle of misery someone else created for us, too weary to be creative, too worn down to follow a seven-step plan to a new, improved life, we need an arm around our shoulder assuring us God hears, God understands and is not stingy with hope. How ragged is the hope you’re clutching? It’s no less valuable or essential than it was when it was new. Is it hard for you to admit you’re struggling with the aftermath of other people’s choices? Did you think confessing how awful it is would make it worse? Or make your pain seem pathetic, or cheapen the tenacity you’re working so hard to maintain? You’ll find hope that – even when it’s tattered – glows in the dark. When you walk through the fire, you won’t be scorched and flame won’t burn you.