Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, |
the evidence of things not seen, 1.
like knowing blossoms and fruit will grow
when the tree is covered in green.
When all the world says, 'Give up,'
Hope whispers, 'Try one more time,' 2
whether finishing a marathon run
or finding words which rhyme.
Take hope from the heart of man
and you make him a beast of prey, 3.
with only negative impetus
when clouds and hearts are grey.
Hope is patience with the lamp lit, 4.
to lighten one's darkest places,
the evidence of which is attitude
and smiles on grateful faces.
Hope is the physician of each misery, 5.
every illness, dread or fear,
transforming to rainbow brilliance
each frown or unshed tear.
Hope is the word which God has written
on the brow of every man, 6.
that he may fulfil the promise
written down amongst Earth's plan.
Hope never abandons you,
you abandon it. 7.
Reach out, take hold before it flees,
your share is made to fit.
We must accept finite disappointment
but we must never lose infinite hope, 8.
that gift endowed by God's good grace
that we might with trials, cope.
1. Hebrews 11:1
5. Irish Proverb
6. Victor Hugo
7. George Weinberg
8. Martin Luther King
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