“What is hope” I asked a Man

That stood in radiance, staff in hand.

“How does one keep from growing weary

With broken heart and outlook, dreary? “    


He looked at me through wizened eyes

And gently said “God hears your sighs.

In every circumstance slow down

And look to God and His vast plan.”


“For in each life, comes toil and pain

And stress, and loss, and even shame.

But don’t get stuck in that dark tunnel

With eyes fixed down and spirit pummeled.”


“For just like Joseph in the dungeon

With broken dreams and hope abandoned.

God orchestrated all his pain

To prepare him for a marvelous thing.”


“So walk THROUGH trials; eyes fixed on God

With humble heart and teachable mind

And one sweet day, the good will come

And beauty from ashes will be your song.”


I stared into those holy eyes

And saw a story that could not hide.

For He had struggled, suffered, and died

He knew what loss and shame felt like.


In that moment I began to see

That all my pain is not about me.

For there is purpose to be attained

And mighty victories in Jesus’ name.


The struggles and loss, the pain and the shame

Are for a great purpose if hope-filled we’ll stay.

Allowing God to work in the moment

Waiting on Him to honor His promise.


That EVEYTHING works together for good

For those that love God and follow His word.

So never give up; be a prisoner of Hope

For the tables will turn; In that truth… stand assured.

Rhonda Shelford Jansen


Zechariah 9:12  (NIV) 12 Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope;
    even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you.


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