Hope in a Troubled World
30th June 2016
Amazing Grace
25th July 2016

Hope When You Are Hurting


These words are taken from a Spiritual song which originated during the period of slavery. The words of the song suggest that they are an account of the writer’s personal experience, and convey the feelings of an individual who is hurting as he tries to cope with some of life’s difficult circumstances.

Nobody Knows
These two words encapsulate one of the most disheartening experiences a person who is going through a time of physical or emotional trauma may suffer. The feeling that nobody really knows or understands what he or she is going through can ultimately lead to the belief that nobody even cares. This can have devastating consequences.

Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
These words are sometimes used to justify, not just to others, but to the actual person, the reasons for uncharacteristic and even drastic behaviour. The feeling that nobody really knows how much hardship he or she has already seen or how much he or she has had to endure in the past can lead a person not just to self-pity but, in some cases to self-harm.

Nobody Knows my Sorrow
Sorrow, be it grief as a result of the loss of a loved one, sadness caused by personal or family circumstances, or the pain of a broken relationship, can be a traumatic experience for anyone. Sorrow can break a person’s heart. It can cause someone to lose hope. It can lead to loneliness, isolation and even suicide.

Having read thus far in this song, one could be excused for thinking the trouble, suffering and sorrow the writer of the song experienced would have caused him to despair and to give up hope. However, as we read the very last words of the song we discover why he did not lose heart. He knew there was hope, for though nobody else knew what he was going through, Jesus knew. The writer says, ‘Nobody Knows but Jesus.’
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