Walking With Hope

We two walked there arm in arm 
Speaking in low voice
She allowed me to hold on
Surprised me with that choice

I saw her there in my dreams
Our daughter now estranged
My firstborn a treasured gift
Whom I long to see again

Long suffering my heart does yearn
For closeness we once shared
Before events of life washed in
Differences ensnared

Numerous mothers’ hearts like mine
Carry tender spots
For their children’s presence
Their love once shared, now not

Suddenly coos of mourning doves
When grief could take no more
Brought solace to my hurting heart
As they have years o’re and o’re

Oh, Love, bind ever seamlessly
Though our hearts can’t see
Wash over, nourish and uplift
Loved ones where e’er they be

Thank You God that hope resides
And beats within our breasts
Reconciliation’s time will come
Assured when You deem best

Romans 15:13 NKJV
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

NOTE: Over the years the coos of mourning doves have reminded me of God’s ever-present Holy Spirit. Why? I don’t know, other than something in my spirit resonates with their call. Does their mournful coo echo the mourning of creation waiting, too, for the final return of the Beloved One? It has been some time since I have heard them… until today as I sat in a well of grief, a timely gentle reminder that God indeed cares, that I am not alone, and can still have hope. His love and presence again lifted me. Even if we must wait into eternity, He holds us and our dear ones tenderly.

How has God provided evidence in your life of His presence? Something special that assures you of His personal love for you? He is there, reaching towards each of us, always.

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