What is your hope?
I will honor you highly, O LORD, because you have pulled me out [of the pit] and have not let my enemies rejoice over me. O LORD my God, I cried out to you for help, and you healed me. O LORD, you brought me up from the grave. You called me back to life from among those who had gone into the pit. Make music to praise the LORD, you faithful people who belong to him. Remember his holiness by giving thanks. His anger lasts only a moment. His favor lasts a lifetime. Weeping may last for the night, but there is a song of joy in the morning. When all was well with me, I said, “I will never be shaken.” O LORD, by your favor you have made my mountain stand firm. When you hid your face, I was terrified. I will cry out to you, O LORD. I will plead to the Lord for mercy: “How will you profit if my blood is shed, if I go into the pit? Will the dust [of my body] give thanks to you? Will it tell about your truth?” Hear, O LORD, and have pity on me! O LORD, be my helper! You have changed my sobbing into dancing. You have removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy so that my soul may praise you with music and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to you forever. Psalm 30
JOY DOES COME
The days march drearily by,
measured by pills in foil pack.
They drone on in toil and whys,
consumed by the joy they lack.
Quiet and desperate they fly,
through the hours, minutes, and years,
like the prisoners sad sigh,
subjected to flights of fear.
The mind in bondage’s trap,
struggles for semblance of hope,
but like an injured blind bat,
flails out at night with mad grope.
For this life is meaningless,
if seen with physical eye.
For hope to soar effortless,
faith given must pierce the lies.
Only then will dark dismay
give way to bright joy unfurled,
and rest itself in “The Way”;
the only hope in this world.
Jesus, you are our only hope. Without you life is meaningless. With you there is joy. I did not realize how empty my life was until you came and filled it with wisdom and understanding. Open our minds to understand, Lord. Life is hopeless without your cross and resurrection. Amen.