God is hope

As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog post, We Can Be God’s Candle, it was one year last Saturday since I took my place in Bellshill Salvation Army Band in the Salvation Army Music and Creative Arts festival, Symphony Sounds in Symphony Hall, Birmingham. It was a huge honour for our corps band – It was one of the most amazing experiences of my Salvation Army banding to-date – although it was very nerve-racking knowing we the privilege of being the first corps band to be asked to take part in the meeting!

Because last Saturday was the anniversary of my Symphony Sounds experience a lot of posts from Symphony Sounds have popped up in my Facebook memories, so I’ve been reliving some of those memories in photos and videos. While watching the finale from the night – a tribute to Major Joy Webb including a number of her songs – I’ve been reminded of a couple of songs which seem perfect for the dark times we are currently living in. So today I want to share another of these with you – It’s one I’ve seen a number of people quote or share in the last few months during lockdown, but as it’s so applicable for current times, I make no apology for using today – it’s the song ‘There Will Be God’.

It may seem as if hope for the future of our world is fading, but if we believe in God, we know that there is hope, because there is love, and most importantly, there is God. I pray today that you believe there will be God.

Ten thousand years may pass away 
And bring the dawning of a cosmic day; 
Age after age, time after time hold its sway: 
Man walks alone amidst uncertainty. 
Only one thing can still make him strong; 
In the pain, in the doubt, in the loneliness.
In the struggle of right against wrongs 
Somewhere amidst the confusion, 
There will be hope, there will be love, there will be God
 
All time will pass into eternity 
And man must venture on a life unknown: 
Journey alone, each to his own destiny: 
In life or death, amidst uncertainty,
Only one thing can still make him strong: 
In the pain, in the doubt, in the loneliness, 
In the struggle of right against wrong: 
Somewhere amidst the confusion, 
There will be hope, there will be love, there will be God
What powerful words. Do you believe them?
There will be hope, there will be love, there will be God!

It may seem as if hope for the future of our world is fading, but if we believe in God, we know that there is hope, because there is love, and most importantly, there is God. I pray today that you believe God there will be God.

Here’s the International Staff Songsters featuring Lieutenant Colonel Paul Main with ‘There Will Be God’.

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