Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Here is Hope

In case you haven't noticed, I love Rob Gardner's music.  In one song from The Lamb of God, "Here is Hope," is sung from the perspective of Mary, the mother of Christ, after the Crucifixion.  One of the reasons that this song causes such a stirring in my heart is that hope can always been a notion seemingly beyond my reach, with an occasional glimpse of light.  When I returned from my full-time mission, I found the hope I had been searching for for my entire life at  Knowing that there were others out there who shared my struggles and my goals was life-changing.  This song reminds me of my struggle and the hope that Christ has granted me through His atoning sacrifice.  I hope it touches you similarly:

"He who healed our sorrows
here was bruised and broken.
He whose love no end knows
here was forsaken,
left all alone.

Here despair cries boldly,

claiming this its victory.
Sweeter peace enfolds me -
hope did not die here
but here was given!
Here is hope.

He who was rejected

he knows well my longing
He so long expected
carried our burdens
bore every sorrow
Here, here, here is hope!

Here is love unbounded

here is all compassion
Here is mercy founded!

Hope did not die here,

but here was given.
And ours is the victory.
Here is hope."

 The other people in Christ's life continue this theme in the finale:

"He who healed our sorrows

rose with greater healing.
He whose love no end knows
lifts up our burden,
carries our grief.

He who was rejected

rose with power and glory.
He so long expected
come to redeem us,
come to deliver!
Here is hope.

*NARRATION: Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution or famine or nakedness or peril or sword? Nay.  In all these things we are more than conquerors, through Him that loved us*

Here is love unbounded!
Here is all compassion!
Here is mercy founded!
Oh great redeemer!
Oh prince of glory!
Here, here, here is hope!
Here is hope.

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