Let us hope when hope seems hopeless
when the dreams we dreamed have died.
When the morning breaks in brightness,
hunger shall be satisfied.
One who sows the fields with weeping
shall retrace the sorrowing way and rejoice in harvest bounty
at the breaking of the day.
Faith and hope in Love’s compassion
will survive though knowledge cease,
though the tongues of joy fall silent,
dull the words of prophecies.
Faith shall see and trust its object;
Hope shall set its anchor sure, love shall blossom in love eternal
Faith and hope and love endure.
Like a child outgrowing childhood,
setting childhood things away
we will learn to live in freedom
in the life of God’s new day.
Now we see as in a mirror
then we shall see face to face…understand how Love’s compassion
blossoms through amazing Grace.
Emma Lou Diemer, 1994