July 30, 2021

Trust and Hope


Many are the torments of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the Lord.

Psalm 32:10
The world may change from old to new,
from new to old again;
yet hope and heaven, forever true,
within our hearts remain.

Hope leads the child to plant the flower,
the man to sow the seed;
nor leaves fulfillment to her hour—
but prompts again to deed.

And ere upon the old man’s dust
the grass is seen to wave,
we look through falling tears, to trust
hope’s sunshine on the grave.

O, no, it is no flattering lure,
no fancy weak or fond,
when hope would bid us rest secure
in better life beyond.

Nor love, nor shame, nor grief, nor tears,
her promise may gainsay;
the voice divine speaks through our years,
to cheer us on our way.
 Sarah Adams

And hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
 Romans 5:5
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
O God, who never forsakest those that hope in thee: Grant that we may ever keep that hope which thou hast given us by thy Word as an anchor of our souls, to preserve us sure and steadfast, unshaken and secure in all the storms of life.
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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