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HOPE, 2001 (Christmas, 2001)
David Dean 2001

"And now abideth faith, hope, and love . . ."
The brackets of hope are two of life's greatest virtues.
The object of our faith is the Lord Jesus.
The driving force of our faith is love.
Hope is the glue that holds them together.

How long we held out "Hope"
For victims of September's sad disaster.
Firefighters dug in the rubble,
Hoping to find just
One of their brothers alive.
Hundreds of families
Searched the streets and hospitals,
Hoping to Find
their loved one clinging to life.
Parents waited painfully
Hoping their children
Would come home
That terrible Tuesday.

"If in this life only we have hope . . ."
The misery of death engulfs us and we will
Drown in our sorrow and self pity.
Because of Christmas, and the
Obedient Son of God,
Who gave His life for our sins,
We have HOPE now and forever!

Hope is . . .
The anchor for the soul
Awash in awesome waves of grief.
Hope is . . .
The steel that sustains our faith
Under direct attack from the enemy.
Hope is . . .
The assurance that Incarnate Love
Has already one the
Ultimate victory.






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