My Hope is Built on Nothing Less

This hymn which has been a great favorite of people around the world was written by Edward Mote.  About his childhood he said:

So ignorant was I that I did not know there was a God. My Sundays were spent on the streets (of London) in play.

Yet, Mote became a great writer and minister.  As a young adult , Mote attended Tottenham Court Road Chapel where he heard sermons by the noted John Hyatt.  He became a carpenter’s apprentice and eventually owned his own shop.  While walking to work one day, he decided to write a hymn and before he reached his shop, he had the chorus:

“On Christ the solid rock I stand; All other ground is sinking sand.”

By the end of the day he had composed four stanzas.  Later that week, he sang his hymn to a minister’s wife who was near death.  She found so much comfort in the verses, that Mote had 1,000 copies printed to distribute to friends.  The rest is history.

Listen and take hope in the solid rock which is our faith in Christ.

For another song on hope see this post:

A Blast From the Past




New Month/New Theme

This month our theme will be hope.  The Christmas season is a time when we remember the birth of Jesus, who brings light to our dark world and hope for eternity.

What are you hoping for this year?  An end to the virus?  A restored relationship?  A new job?  Healing?  A child? A friend?  Marriage? Renewed faith? Economic prosperity for our country?  Are you hoping to start something new?  Finish with something old? We all have hopes and dreams.  Hope is what keeps us moving forward and makes life worthwhile.

Sometimes our hopes are dashed.  Sometimes our hopes change.  Sometimes we receive something different and better than we hoped for.

Wherever you find yourself right now in regard to hope, here is my prayer for you today::

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,  and his incomparably great power for us who believe”  Ephesians 1:18-19