You may recognize the following words penned by Thomas O. Chisholm as the third verse of an old hymn. And they are just as true for us today as they were when William M. Runyan set them to music in 1923. That is, no matter how 2016 has turned out for us, we still have bright hope for 2017!
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
On the 7th Day of Christmas, my True Love gave me: Hope.
Be strong and take heart,
all you who hope in The Lord. (Psalm 31:24)
But the eyes of The Lord are on those who fear him,
on those whose hope is in His unfailing love. (Psalm 33:18)
We wait in hope for The Lord;
He is our help and our shield. (Psalm 33:20)
Hope in The Lord and keep His way.
He will exalt you to inherit the land. (Psalm 37:34a)
I wait for The Lord, my whole being waits,
and in His Word I put my hope. (Psalm 130:5)
But as for me, I watch in hope for The Lord,
I wait for God My Savior; My God will hear me. (Micah 7:7)
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.
Jesus is our True Love, and He’s the Reason we keep celebrating!
December 25th is the First Day of Christmas, not the last.