Love sees hope in bleakness

by Craig on December 17, 2014

If you're Christian, or believe the bible has something to say, read...there is hope

a regretful prophecy of sorrow
an auspicious prophecy of victory

the first obscure promise of Messiah
the first explicit threat to the Enemy

“I will put enmity
between you
and the woman,

and between your offspring and hers;

He will strike at your head,
while you strike at his heel.
(Genesis 3:15)

One spoke
three listened

One eternal God
to one fallen man
one fallen woman
and one fallen angel

one becomes, not THE God,
but “the god of this age”
(1 Cor 4:4)

and two forfeit eternal life
by choosing broken earthly “wisdom”
over perfect wisdom of One Eternal God

what sings out like the first morning bird

is the presence of hope…even amid failure
even after the biggest mess ups, the deepest sadness
there is always hope of something where nothing seems possible

because, only with God
and through him for you
all things are possible

Jesus said so (MT 19:26)

it's not easy sometimes, but even through tears...hope

sometimes even scraps of hope are enough
because not every Christmas is bright


…the light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.
(John 1:5)

in the Garden…
maybe elsewhere…

through bleak…dismal…discouraging…failure…

enters heartening…promising…shiny…hope…

Merry Hopeful Christmas.



This is where the awesome art is from

the mountain
the box

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Mizliz Liz December 18, 2014 at 12:12 am

Oh my, Craig. Just thrilled to see this Post. I’ve cried, prayed, worried, prayed. And tried to trust. Trust is hard when you can’t see. So I’m asking my Father forgiveness for my doubt and thanking Him for this word from you. Oh precious one, you are so dear to this very old lady from your cyber family. Please let me hear more. WHEN it is time. Suddenly, I can breathe a little easier. Yes, Merry HOPEFUL CHRISTMAS. Liz


Debbie December 18, 2014 at 1:00 am

So good to hear from you again . ..and what a message! Thank you for sharing hope with us this Christmas! God bless you, Craig!


Craig December 26, 2014 at 11:26 am

I still remember giving you a preview of my very first post. You were encouraging them. You are encouraging now. You have been a true blessing in what has turned out to be a very bittersweet blogging experience. Thank you Debbie. Merry Christmas friend.


Martha Orlando December 18, 2014 at 7:06 am

Craig, it was such a gift this morning to open my e-mail and find a post from you after all this time! What a blessing! You have been sorely missed, my friend, and I do hope you will not be a stranger to the blogging world any longer.
Have a Christmas filled with hope and blessings!


Katie December 18, 2014 at 2:27 pm

Craig, Thank you for the message of hope through the event darkest of times, as I sit in the hospital watching my husband sleep. They are trying to adjust his medicine.


A. December 21, 2014 at 7:23 pm

Craig, even as you continue to be such a blessing to others, may you be richly, richly blessed…with more hope and more of His love in the ways that He does best. Thank you, friend, for sharing this with us.


Craig December 26, 2014 at 11:30 am

when I sat down to write this post and the ones that followed I knew that few would read them. I knew that you would be one of them. I still have your card. Something I will always treasure. Thank you A. (snicker) tor being a truly wonderful person to know. Merry Christmas friend.


Ivane Luna January 2, 2015 at 8:05 am

I found this post after I Googled images for the word “hope,” and found that gorgeous photo of the girl in the skies. I began poking around your site and am truly blessed.

Hope. *sighs* “When You Believe” begins playing in my mind. “Though hope is frail, it’s hard to kill…”


Craig January 4, 2015 at 3:39 pm

Smiling, I tried to leave a comment on your blog. But logging into blogs always messes me up. If you didn’t get the comment come on back, I’ll pit it here. They were winsome words to read. Hope is a survivor no? May God Bless and keep you … and keep his hand on yours…thank you.


nancy January 6, 2015 at 12:42 pm

WOW. childish i know, but wow that you are here to read. actually my heart soars. i. find. so. much. hope. here. thank you Craig, thank you…


Craig January 6, 2015 at 12:50 pm

Oh if we (read me) (and probably you) could really take in the kind of things that other people say as quickly as we take in the ways their words damage us or hurt us. Things would be different, no? That seems worthy of a prayer. I’m not sure if I’m a blogger anymore but I will put some stuff up your because I am writing volumes, some of it has to leak out. You have always been a blessing Nancy. Thank you. God bless.


Nisha Albuquerque January 12, 2015 at 10:16 pm

I would like to use the pic (above) of a girl standing on rocks amidst clouds for the cover of a book (non-fiction). Is it possible for me to buy the image or is it subject to copyright? Please let me know. My email add is


Nisha Albuquerque


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