Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord. – (Psalm 31:24, NIV)
Be brave. Be strong. Don’t give up. Expect God to get here soon. – (Psalm 31:24, MSG)
Be strong, and live courageously, all of you who set your hope in the Eternal! – (Psalm 31:24, VOICE)
As I was doing my lesson planning yesterday, I did more research on the work of Amanda Gorman, the poet laureate who spoke at the Inauguration. Both when she shared her poem then, and while I discovered a recent poem of hers, “The Miracle of Morning”, I was in awe of her ability to tackle current events and convey hope through poetry. My sixth graders have been studying the poem, “If”, by Rudyard Kipling, and the opportunity to spend some time studying the works of a modern-day poet seemed a perfect pairing. For me, as I listen to and read Miss Gorman’s words, I cannot help but think her message is one of choosing to be brave and strong, and to not give up. The words call upon hope to rise within us, much like God’s word, for He is where our hope is held, and our Source of courage, strength and resolve. May we seek the Lord to find the strength and courage to see His love that is all around us, and the resolve to love as we are loved by Him.
Take heart, dear ones,
For hope is rising;
Light found in darkness,
There’s no disguising.
The chaos that is,
Will not always be;
For hope is rising,
As love is released.
A choice to honor,
Sisters and brothers;
To stand hand-in-hand,
Supporting each other.
Stand up, dear young ones,
Please take it from me;
The future is yours,
Rise up and shine, so all may see.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are good and You are our Source of courage, strength and resolve. Thank You that as we seek and learn to depend on You, hope rises within us. Forgive us for not being light and life in the midst of darkness. Teach us to seek You to ignite Your fire within us. Show us how to love those around us in ways that spread Your light that chases away the darkness. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we trust in You to raise us up as light-bearers and love givers. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth. – Psalm 71:5