Come surely, Lord Jesus, as dawn follows night,
Our hearts long to greet you, as roses the light.
Salvation draw near us, our vision engage.
One candle is lit for the hope of the age.
-from “One Candle Is Lit” by Mary Anne Parrott
I was going through some old papers today when I found a note a friend had sent me during her battle with cancer. It read, in part, “Ida Beth, I have hope because of you!” She went on to write of her faith in God and her determination to beat cancer. I honestly don’t know what it was about me that inspired hope in her at that time, but I can tell you for sure that she has given me a new definition for the word hope. Six months or so have passed, and my friend is feeling well, looking great, and defying all odds.
I hope you have found inspiration for hope this week. If so, please share your story in the comments and spread the hope!