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Inscription of Hope

November 07, 2017 at 3:47 PM

On Sunday morning, our choir director chose “Inscription of Hope,” by Z. Randall Stroope, as the choir anthem.  He chose it as a response to the violence that has happened in our nation lately, especially in Las Vegas and last week’s attack in New York.

Before the choir sang, the choir director read out loud, "The Holocaust is a stunning reminder of the tragic results of prejudiced and hate toward other people.  But it is also a reminder that hope held firm will eventually reign victorious over the greatest of odds. The text in this song was inscribed on the walls of a cellar in Cologne, Germany, where Jews were hiding from the Nazis during World War II. Hope was all they had to hold on to; hope was their only bridge to a brighter tomorrow.  Unfortunately prejudice and hate are still ever present in our world today.  From mass shootings to terrorist attacks, there are still those who will force their evil onto innocent people.  Like those being persecuted during World War II, we still believe that hope will reign victorious over the evil acts of others. Hope is still our bridge to a brighter tomorrow."

Little did anyone in worship on Sunday know the poignancy of these words, as a congregation in Texas was being massacred. 

Here are the lyrics to “Inscription of Hope”:

I believe in the sun

even when it is not shining

and I believe in love

even when there's no one there

but I believe in God

even when he is silent

I believe through any trial

there is always a way

may there someday be sunshine

may there someday be happiness

may there someday be love

may there someday be peace


May God strengthen us in hope.


Tags: hope, violence, Texas, shootings