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Pastor Claudia, Interim Pastor

Inscription of Hope

 Last month, I had the privilege of attending the Conference for Church Musicians sponsored by the Fellowship of American Baptist Musicians.  The annual conference is held at the Green Lake Conference Center located on beautiful Green Lake in Wisconsin. The week was filled with wonderful music making, worship, workshops and concerts.  It was my annual battery charge.   

There were many “God moments” – one in particular stands out.  I was attending the children’s choir concert on the last day of the conference.  The choir was composed of 20 children, grades three through six.  Their singing was angelic. 

One of the pieces the children sang was entitled Inspiration of Hope. The piece is an adaption of the short poem that was carved on a cellar wall by Jews hiding during the holocaust. Below are the words.

 I believe in the sun even when it is not shining.

And I believe in love even when there's no one there.

And I believe in God even when he is silent.

I believe through any trial there is always a way.

 But sometimes in this suffering and hopeless despair

my heart cries for shelter to know someone’s there.

But a voice rises within me saying hold on my child,

I'll give you strength, I'll give you hope,

just stay a little while.

 As I listened to the children sing those words of hope, I couldn’t help but think of the many in our church family who are going through heartbreaking experiences.  Those who are walking through the dark valleys of uncertain futures, failing bodies, hospice care, chemo, grief, financial crises, etc. I was moved to tears. As I meditated on the words the children were singing, I was reminded of the writing of Jeremiah found in Lamentations 3:21-24 (NIV). Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”

 My prayer is that whenever we find ourselves in a cellar, like the Jews hiding from the Nazis, our focus will be on God for the strength only he can provide.  His compassions never fail. They are new every morning. Great is His faithfulness.

 To God be the Glory!

 Claudia McCain

Interim Pastor





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