Monday, July 7, 2008

Hope in Lyrics Part III

Part III in series of Hope in Lyrics

Living Hope ....I will be

Today we will continue to meditate on lyrics for deeper understanding of the meaning in the words.

Let us reflect on Natalie Grant’s “I Will Be,”

Your heart, Your plan

Give me Your eyes

Help me understand my feet,

My hands holding out living hope to every man

What You’ve made me

With every single heartbeat

I will be a candle in the darkness

I will be the hand of heaven above

I will be a mirror that reflects your endless love

I will be the hope among the hopeless where there is conflict,

I will be peace

Only by the power of Your spirit

That's living in me

I will be...

Years ago I faced darkness that sucked the life out of me. One of our children was suddenly in a life threatening situation. I had so little hope or light to live I could barely think to get dressed each morning. All the terminal "if's" seemed to draw all light and air from my world.

In that dark place God had His children in place to be a candle to light my way. Many reached out in love. The illness went on for months, but the end of the story was a miraculous total healing. In that dark tunnel my faith was tested.

Some years later a friend was in a similar situation. I remembered how I could barely think, much less pray in that dark journey. I gave her a simple children’s prayer book. She smiled with tears and sighed, “Thank you. My mind is overwhelmed. I cannot hardly read anything. I can lift these little words up to God."

Only in going through that dark tunnel could I know of the mental overload that hits a mother of a critically ill child. That pain was not wasted. Recalling the dark places of our child's illness prompted me to carry the Living Hope of God to my friend.

As Natalie says….”Where there is conflict, I will be peace... only by the power of Your spirit that’s living in me. I will be….”

God speaks to us in Phil 2:15 “That you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world."

From the pen of Pastor Dudley Hall:

"We must not allow the bad news presented by those who have no hope beyond human endeavor to control us. We know better. The schemes of hell are no match for the mystery of redemption accomplished in Christ the Lord.

We have no business retreating from our culture. Our role is to confront it with a better way. No time or need for complaining.

We are here for a relatively short time, and we must get on with preaching and practicing the gospel that changes people."

Dudley Hall, pastor, Bible Scholar at
Successful Christian Living Ministries, P.O. Box 101, Euless, TX 76039.

I will be....Hope.


Marilyn said...

First let me say thank you for the very sweet comment you left on my blog! It was extremely encouraging to me!

Secondly, I can totally identify with being so worried about a loved one that I could hardly pray....and at the same time being able to feel the prayers of friends and loved ones lifting me up above the darkness of my worry!
When the Iraq war started our oldest son was in the Marine Corps and was a machine-gunner so naturally he was in some of the worst situations over there that you can imagine. It was torture knowing that every hour of every day an enemy terrorist was trying to take the life of my son. Every news cast made me sick when they would say a Marine had been killed. He came home the first time all right but had to go back for a second tour and was seriously hurt when an IED exploded just a week before he was to come home. That was a very difficult time for all our family but I give the credit to the prayers of OTHERS and not myself for bringing us through it.

I have enjoyed reading several of your posts and will continue to check back and read more.

God bless you.

Marilyn in Mississippi

Angela @ Refresh My Soul Blog said...

Another great post! Love that.
Much love,

Kay Martin said...


This weekend we celebrate our Freedom in America. Men like your son have paid for that great right. May God richly bless your wonderful family.

Kay Martin

© 2008 Kay Martin

Thrive In Christ

Who I Am In Christ by Neil Anderson

For several months we will center on this book to pursue Thriving in our Christian journey.

Neil challenges us with: "Do you know who you are in God's eyes? We are no longer products of our past. We are primarily products of Christ's work on the cross. Who we are determines what we do.

You are not who you are in Christ because of the things you have done, you are in Christ because of what He has done. He died and rose again so that you and I could live in the FREEDOM of His love."

That's just the introduction. More to follow.