February 1, 2012

Until Hope Ends

Posted in Eastertide, Faith, Grief, Hope at 11:13 pm by Teresa Roberts Johnson

The ground lies stark as winter holds its breath.
Bare branches point accusingly at steely skies
That swallow up the days in sunless death.
And now with crops all gleaned, a lonely raven cries.
The only surfeit, dearth; the world in want is rife.
But buried in the bleak and frigid ground
Are sleeping seeds that cradle steadfast life.
Soon promises of green will burst from twigs of brown,
And crops again will grace the ordered field
With grape and grain for sacrament.
In blessed beauty all the earth is healed
When spring releases earth from discontent.
There is no need for hope once all is saved.
Till then, hope clings to me like petals from your grave,
Like petals from the flowers on your grave.

Copyright © 2012 by Teresa Roberts Johnson (All rights reserved)


The Bible is filled with passages that tell us we have every reason to hope in the goodness of God, no matter how bad our circumstances may be, and many of those are illustrated by situations we find in the created order. According to Job 14:7, “For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.” One of the greatest promises of all, that God would never again destroy the earth by water, is accompanied by a promise that “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease” (Genesis 8:22). If you ever need cheering up, read Romans 8, which talks extensively about hope; this chapter provided several of the concepts for the poem, especially Romans 8:24, “For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?”

Have you ever realized that one day God’s children will lose their need for hope? It will, not coincidentally, be the same day on which all tears are dried from their eyes. The winter, the night, the cold will be over forever, and there will be only eternal harvest. Blessed be God who gives us every reason to hope until then:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. (I Peter 1:3)


This is a new piece, written mostly today. The last line was part of a thought that developed on Saturday (January 29) when my daughter and son-in-law took me to put flowers on James’ grave.


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