Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Hope Prevails


Matthew 13:5-6
Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil.  It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.  But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.

Errant sprout
Inspired by
God's grace
Springs up
With promise
And hope
Word heard
Shallow soil
Dooms growth
To nothing
Yet it lives
In Son's mercy
Hope prevails
Even in death

Amen

32 comments:

  1. There's plenty of shallow soil these days, sad to say.

    God bless you, Martha.

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    1. Yes, and that is so sad, Victor. Let us pray that we can plant the seeds of God's love in those who will hear and thrive.
      Love and blessings!

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  2. Lovely. We do need to nurture seedlings for strong roots to develop.

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    1. Just like we nurture others in the faith - I agree, Terri.
      Love and blessings!

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  3. Without one another's encouragement - and a smidgen of hope ...
    Oh no. I don't want to even imagine that sort of meaningless existence.

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    1. Yes, we all need to receive and give encouragement to others, Mevely. For me, that is an integral part of being a Christian.
      Love and blessings!

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  4. The important thing is to keep planting those seeds...and let God take care of the rest.

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    1. Amen, Pamela! God will definitely do the rest.
      Love and blessings!

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  5. Martha, hope does indeed prevail in Christ! I frequently pray for soil of hearts to be fertile--to receive the seed--then let God bring the growth.

    Beautiful poem, my friend!

    Love and blessings!

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    1. Thank you, Kim! Yes, hope can only prevail because we have it in Christ Jesus, God's promises, and the presence of the Holy Spirit. May fertile hearts receive His Word!
      Love and blessings!

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  6. Love the picture Martha. It's a sermon in itself.

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    1. Thank you, Betty! I simply had to take this photo when I spotted this tiny seedling growing on our deck, and the verses above came to mind.
      Love and blessings!

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  7. You really are quite the poet, My Friend! Thank you for sharing with us!
    Blessings!

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed it, Lulu. Thank you!
      Love and blessings!

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  8. I love that we always have reason to hope. I planted seeds today with 1st graders and I pray that they will actually sprout! :)

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    1. Oh, how cool is that, Lisa? Such fun to plant seeds with little ones; we've had our oldest granddaughter help us with planting many times, and she loves it. And yes, there is ever reason to hope.
      Love and blessings!

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  9. Martha, hi! Hope does not disappoint, does it. God has put His love in our hearts. And we know He will come through with all His faithfulness!

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    1. Amen, Linda! God will always give us hope, and He will never fail us.
      Love and blessings!

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  10. The reason why it is so important to make sure I am planted in good soil... Without it, there is no protection from the harshness of the world, no nutrients for growth, and nothing to sink your roots into when the going gets touch.

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    1. Exactly, Ryan! We all need to be firmly planted in God's Word and His great love. It's the only way we can flourish in this world and bring hope to others.
      Love and blessings!

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  11. Such a lovely post and thoughts, Martha. Hope has a name...Jesus.

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    1. Amen, Karen! Jesus is our one and only hope.
      Love and blessings!

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  12. 'Yet it lives ... in Son's mercy...' Love this, Martha! So thankful for the hope we have in Jesus!

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    1. I'm so thankful for that hope Jesus gives us, too, Carlie. So glad the poem touched you.
      Love and blessings!

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  13. Rooting, centering, grounding -- you and I are on the same page...again!

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    1. Yes, we are, Galen! How about that? I'm not surprised in the least. :)
      Love and blessings!

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  14. beautiful and such insightful comments too. Your words obviously touched us!

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    1. Thanks so much, Jean. It's what I always hope and pray my posts will do to God's glory.
      Love and blessings!

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  15. I'm so glad that I ended my night with your scripture reading and poem of hope.

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    1. Carol, thank you so much for your kind words here. I am honored and humbled.
      Love and blessings!

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  16. "Hope prevails even in death!" How grateful I am to know that our dear Lord overcame for all of us! I hope you had a blessed Easter, my friend. So thankful we enjoy the benefits of Easter every single day, all glory to our risen Savior!

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    1. Yes, we did have a glorious Easter, Cheryl, and like you, I'm thankful for the blessing of the Resurrection each and every day.
      Love and blessings!

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