You never know. You may think you do, but you really don’t. A respected person who seems to ‘have it all’ commits suicide. A healthy person is diagnosed with cancer. A happy marriage disintegrates without warning. Yet if you think about it, you realize you actually understand it all too well. You have experienced depression no one else knew about. You have failed in ways you did not talk about. You have struggled with your relationship with God you never tell anyone about. That’s why it’s time to get real about real life. There are no easy answers. No clichés that will just make it go away. No simplistic solutions. But there is God whose love is so powerful it never gives up on anyone, always reaches out into real life through caring people and eternally cherishes every person, especially those who hurt the most. And that means there is always hope.