"Therefore, since we have been justified
by faith, we have peace with God through
our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have
gained access (by faith) to this grace in
which we stand, and we boast in hope of the
glory of God. Not only that, but we even
boast of our afflictions, knowing that affliction
produces endurance, and endurance, proven
character, and proven character, hope, and
hope does not disappoint, because the love
of God has been poured out into our hearts
through the holy Spirit that has been given
to us." (1)
Nurtured By Hope
Hope nurtures, with His graces' might:
The roots to sink deep in the soil;
The shoots to stretch to heaven's height
Hope is purpose for task and toil.
Hope helps her heart sink deep into
The truth of her reality;
She holds each task to see it through
Serving Him with humility.
Hope stretches her heart to the height
Of her goal -- the Lord, who employs
So many means to lift her sight
To Him alone -- He's all her joys.
Through hope, worship becomes the way:
In spirit and truth, she can serve
Him, in all tasks, throughout each
With joy the hallmark of her verve.
He's the fulfilment of her soul;
All else is means to reach her Goal.
May the Spirit instill a living and enduring
hope in our hearts so that we may strive
to reach the goal He has laid out before
1. Romans 5:1-5
(c) Paul Buis, 2004