Growing up I heard this classic Roberta Martin song “I Have Hope.” In addition to hearing it from the choir on Sunday mornings, I can recall the 33 playing on the record player ringing out the lyrics from the speakers in our living room on Aspen Place, Columbia Ave and Pennington Ave:
“I have hope, I have hope when trouble comes my way
I have hope, I have hope since Jesus has come to stay
I have hope, oh yes when things are not well with me
I have hope, it’s a beutiful hope and it sets me free
If your distressed , Jesus says come unto me. If your depresed I know he’ll give you liberty
Time may find you at the end of your line, but keep the faith its not too late the Lord will be on time.
I have hope, I have hope when darkness fills the sky
I have hope, I have hope since Jesus is ever nigh
I have hope, oh yes through dangers I can not see
I have hope its a beautiful hope that sets me free.”
http://www.last.fm/listen/artist/Roberta%2BMartin/similarartists is a link to this genre of music that features the Roberta Martin classics.
It was written in 1968 but the melody and message is timeless. Hope is a life principle that fuels my daily pace. It puts pep in my step and glide in my stride. Most of all it keeps a smile on my face that springs from true joy in my heart. The goodness of God is constantly present. Thank you Lord for saving me at Calvary. It gives me Hope, a beautiful Hope that sets me free one day at a time.