Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Alphabet of Praise - H


Great God of Hope, how green Thy trees,
How calm each several star.
Renew us; make us fresh as these,
Calm as those are.

For what can dim his hope who sees,
Though faintly and afar,
The power that kindles green in trees,
And light in star?

Amy Carmichael

Amy Carmichael is one of my favourite writers. This little poem, from the book Toward Jerusalem, seems especially meaningful as winter loses its icy grip and we move into the fresh green of spring.

The loss of hope is a crushing burden. But the same God who "kindles green in trees and light in star" will also kindle hope in the hearts of His weary followers.

May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Rom.15:13