A Future and a Hope

“‘I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for good, and not for calamity, to give you a future and a hope.'”

Jer. 29:11


“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;  and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;  and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”

Romans 5:1-5


“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

Hebrews 11:1


Last night I was thinking of the Emily Dickinson poem, “Hope is the thing with feathers.”  At the risk of subjecting anyone to literary analysis, I had some new thoughts about this poem by one of my favorite authors:

“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –
And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm –
I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me.”
I confess i never read this poem very closely.  I was always too busy pondering “Heart, we will forget him!” or “My life closed twice before its close,” or some other such melancholy thing.  I thought of feathers, I thought of birds, I thought of flying away.  I always pictures\d hope as a fragile little bird perched on the window sill, waiting to flitter away if I made any sudden moves.
But That is not the case. Hope sings. It never stops. Only the sorest of storms can abash it…and it has been heard in the bitterest cold and on the stormiest sea.
Hope is not a little yellow bird.
Hope is an eagle.
“Though youths grow weary and tired,
And vigorous young men stumble badly,
 Yet those who wait for the Lord
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.”
Isaiah 40:30-31

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