This is a beautiful poem by my friend, Marilee Eckert.

Hope and Faith

Hope waits while Faith takes
Hope resides in the Future tense
Faith resides in the Present Presence
Hope depends on the will of another while
Faith is an act of my will to utter
Hope is surety from the Father because
Faith is surety from Jesus
Hope is seen and heard in the Word
Faith rises up and out of the Word
Hope dares while Faith declares
Hope pursues while Faith endures
Hope inwardly hides while Faith outwardly resides
Hope helps along the way while
Faith arrives in the way
Hope knows Life is near
Faith sees that Life is here
Hope shines a glimmer of light
Faith glitters golden sight
Hope longs while Faith belongs
Hope cleaves while Faith believes
Hope lifts earth to Heaven while
Faith is Heaven’s reigning smile
Hope talks while Faith walks
Hope holds while Faith is bold
Hope breaks through the dark of night while
Faith breaks through the unseen sight
Hope envolves the embers of a downcast one
Faith is fueled fire of a fine divine son
Hope inspires while Faith conspires
Hope quests while Faith rests
Hope sows the seeds of Spring unfurled while
Faith knows the harvest in the world
Hope runs ready while Faith stands steady
Hope’s horizon is still afar while Faith is a rising star
Hope releases and Faith pleases
Hope increases while Faith never ceases
Hope is never ever the answer and
Faith never questions ever
Hope yearns while Faith burns
Hope is a helmet of deliverance
Faith is a shield of quenching stance
Hope is the root and Faith is the firstfruit

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