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All My Hope on God is Founded

The love of God has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
Romans 3:3

How can I be worried when I have the love of the Spirit within me? How can I be afraid when I am surrounded by the sustaining strength of the Spirit? How can I be hopeless when the source of hope stands right beside me?

Oh, I know, there are a thousand reasons for despair. The long litany of daily crises and increasing concern about this or that want to wrap me in bandages like a mummy, sealing me away from bright sunlight or laughter. The shadow of the virus still lurks along the edges of my horizon. Yet, in spite of it all, I cannot help but stand and sing the praises of my Maker.

God’s Spirit scatters the shadows with a wave of the hand. We will walk safely to the other side. We will find water in the desert. We will be proud one day of how brave we were, not by our own courage, but by the trust we had in the One who would never leave us. How can we be worried when we have the love of the Spirit within us?
“All my hope on God is founded;
he doth still my trust renew,
me through change and chance he guideth,
only good and only true.
God unknown, he alone
calls my heart to be his own.”

Verse 1 of All my hope on God is Founded, Hymnal #665
The Rev. Dick Elwood
Pastoral Associate
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