Hope (A to Z Challenge, Letter H)

Hope is Faith’s walking stick

I lean upon in silver, slowed years

Bent forward, eyes squinting to

See glories promised, and final

Assignment on marker up ahead…

Hope is an action, requires brain

And brawn (even if heart’s not

In it fully)…I rise from bed each 

Day, seek God’s face, His leading

Run race ordained, to destiny

Largely unknown, In Faith.

My hope is in Christ, Him alone…

Can’t build it on slippery sand

Of anything, anyone else.

Hope is not synonymous with

“Wish”…it’s founded on faith

Promises of God from His Word

What He’s seeded in heart…

Hope breathes, has live heartbeat

Even if mind’s ear can’t hear

Rhythmic sound within, of Spirit.

Because Christ lives, I can face

Tomorrow…I listen for His voice and hope.

©Ennle Madresan, 2019 ~ All rights reserved.

Bible Verses: biblehub.com

“…But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect…” 1 Peter 3:15 ESV

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…” 1 Peter 1:3 ESV

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23 ESV

“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31 NIV

“Know that wisdom is sweet for your soul. If you find it, there is a future for you, and your hope will never be cut off.” Proverbs 24:14 Berean Study Bible

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 Berean Study Bible

“Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.” Psalm 119:114 King James Bible

“I wait for the LORD; my soul does wait, and in His word I put my hope.” Psalm 130:5 Berean Study Bible

“Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.” Psalm 42:11 ESV

Impatient for Justice




Justice—the mere word

Clenches my jaw, chokes

Me, lest bitter-pricked tears

Turn to racking sobs…

It is stones in my mouth

Sharp-edged, sour-tasting

Vomited from heart.

Everyday I stand, hunched

Over on old painful joints

Watching for arrival of justice…

After all, God’s Word promises

He will do, send it in His time.

I remind Him often, nag, in

In case He’s forgotten how

Important justice is to many…

Crucial need not mine alone.

Those in positions of authority—

Also plagued by demands, pleas

Cries for justice—pledge to get

It for “the people”…victims of

All ages, color and creed, who

Suffer dearth of justice.

My impatience is shared…we

Weary who crave sweet taste

Justice, to fill holes in tattered

Souls, want no more crumbs

Assurances that we are heard.

We have waited…and long for


©Ennle Madresan, 2019 ~ All rights reserved.