Episode 12: I.s. T.h.e.r.e. A.n.y. H.o.p.e?


If he works severely, he also works tenderly. His stockpiles of loyal love are immense. He takes no pleasure in making life hard, in throwing roadblocks in the way’ – Eugene Peterson. The Message version of Lamentations 3:32

…hope does not put us to shame…’ Romans 5:5 (ESV)

On the 17th of December 1927, while surfacing from tactical exercises along the ocean bed off Cape Cod (near Provincetown, Massachusetts), the USS S-4 submarine was accidentally rammed by the Coast Guard destroyer Paulding and sunk to the bottom. 



While Jo was painting for this episode I noticed her colour palette on the table and took a photo of it. We both love how it came out and decided to not use the piece she had been working on and go with this. Jo was painting in acrylics and the colours all looked so vivid and beautiful on their own without being used to form an image. We felt it represented a lot of life for us. We work so hard to make something when actually God is delighted in the colours of our lives. It is in the mess that we find the masterpiece. The journey is where the beauty lies. You are loved.

2 thoughts on “Episode 12: I.s. T.h.e.r.e. A.n.y. H.o.p.e?

  1. Hi Nathan and Jo
    Thank you for your vulnerability and rawness in writing your story for us to read. I’d like to keep in contact again by email with you both if that’s possible.
    The way you write brings out the emotions and feelings up, some current, some long buried. I hope that you’re able to write further again in the future as your story unfolds even more.
    I’ve cried, I’ve laughed and I’ve felt your pain as I’ve read your story this year.
    I agree that in many churches today the willingness to be real about life’s struggles is not really happening. In my own blog I talk about how I experience life.
    Thank you for sharing your story both in writing, song and art. This multilayered approach is unique and as special as your journey together. I so wanted to be at Diane’s funeral and at your wedding. I was so sad to have missed it and then when you moved away, I missed connecting with you both before you left Cape Town.
    I value the journey very much. Thank you. No words can express. ❤

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