LIVE IN HOPE (POEM)
This poem is an affirmation of my belief that life is worth living and that no matter what good things we’ve experienced, it’s likely that God still has new and better things in store for us. The laudation of hope seen here is not meant to undermine the place of faith in the life of the believer nor is it a call to disregard the words of Solomon as recorded in the Bible. Every verse of scripture is best understood in its proper context if we will be enriched by it. Read, comment and share widely on your social media platforms. You are richly blessed in Jesus’ name.
LIVE IN HOPE
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It’s wonderful to have something to look forward to
To work and strive to see it become part of our lives
It’s exciting to conceive new ideas and projects
To put our mental and physical resources into them
For what is life without hope?
What is life without anticipation of the newness it will bring?
There was once a king called Solomon
Solomon was blessed by God, oh so extraordinarily
He invested his time in seeking knowledge
He composed songs and proverbs
He built cities and gardens
He accumulated wives and horses
But then he got bored
He felt he’d seen it all
His tastes became sated and his verses cynical
What had happened to the great king?
He had lost his sense of wonder and expectation
Perhaps, if he had taken it slow
If he had paused to appreciate
And had taken everything in measured doses
He would not have been jaded enough to declare
“Everything is meaningless
There’s nothing new under the sun”*
There’s always something new
Life is infinite in its possibilities
The spirit of creation still pervades the earth
The wonders to come could exceed the wonders that have been
So latch on to hope
Look out for the new, inquire and enjoy
As long as you have life in you
Never say there’s nothing to look forward to
As God is vast and layered in mystery
So is this wide world we live in
Lose yourself in Him and all your days will be filled with hope
Ⓒ Edith Ugochi Ohaja 2017
*Ecclesiastes 1: 2 & 9
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Ecclesiastes 9:4-5 (KJV)
“… to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.”
Psalm 31:24 (KJV)
“Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.”
Proverbs 23:18 (NLT)
“Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off.”
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