Sunday, October 5, 2014

Here's to the Sun Shining on the Inside

Hope in Front of Me -  on Amazon
Another Sunday; the day you'll find me here writing about one of life's experiences found in a country song.

With a tired but always light-filled heart, today's theme in song takes the challenges of another week and packages them in a pretty box called Hope. 

Hope in Front of Me, by Danny Gokey

 (Lyrics) I've been running through rain
That I thought would never end
Trying to make it on faith
In a struggle against the wind
I've seen the dark and the broken places
But I know in my soul
No matter how bad it gets
I'll be alright

It doesn't matter if we're blessed with a cosmic understanding of life or even if God personally whispered the secret to life in our ear, the fact remains, we still have to 'live this life'. Yep... no escaping that part. We're not alone in our tribulations.
We're all joined by one common goal; to get to the finish line as unscathed as possible, with lessons learned. No one gets out alive. As the insightful story-telling lyrics in another Carrie Underwood song beautifully express, this is our Temporary Home.

If you're thinking, 'I'm probably writing this because I must be sitting perched safely at a distance from life's trials or, that things must be easy for me since I'm able to write about hope', well let's just say you wouldn't pass go or collect $200 on that thought :) 

Without getting into a long list of my own troubles I'll just say that I've had more than a few people admit they couldn't have survived my path. But, knowing them, I'm sure they could have. Reading other people's stories of hardship, I'm guilty of thinking the same thing...'I couldn't have survived that!' 

So what's our common denominator?

When we have friends who help us, we have hope
 
When we pray, we have hope
 
When we laugh at our difficult circumstances, we have hope
 
When we've worked on something for years to have it fall apart in a day, and still find the strength to move on and continue, we have hope

When we reach out to hold someone who hurt us, we have hope
 
When a part of ourselves dies as our loved one passes away, and still wake up the next day to put one foot in front of the other, we have hope
 
When someone we love with all of our being goes through and then breaks free from addiction, we have hope
 
When we lose a home, and move on from that, we have hope
 
When our baby is born still, and we find a way to understand this immeasurable, seemingly pointless pain, we have hope
When our trust has been violated, but have the courage to let it go, we have hope

There isn't anything else that comes before Hope. Healing begins with Hope



If you're struggling, and wondering how in the world you're going to get through this storm, may the lyrics of this song remind you, as it does me, that 'this too shall pass' and 'we'll be alright'.

Here's to the sun shining on the inside.

by Barbara Tremblay Cipak - Country Music Reviewer
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If you enjoy Danny Gokey's Music, you can find more about this 3rd place American Idol Finalist from Season 8, on his Website DannyGokey.com

8 comments:

  1. Another excellent post and song! A great reminder to all of us to hold on to hope. Sometimes it takes years to see that sunshine, but it is hope that keeps us going each day as we break through the clouds. For me personally, my hope, my foundation, the One I would sing that song for, would have to be God. I frequently hear songs of love and relate them to Jesus Christ. He is my hope. A great song and a great Sunday morning reminder. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you Cynthia for your lovely comment; and he is a blessed messenger of hope for many of us <3

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    2. I meant to tell you earlier that I very much remember seeing Danny on American Idol. My daughter and I have watched American Idol together since the first show. Each year, including the years she was away at college, we select a favorite and frantically vote on both our cell phones each week. We both had selected Danny. I am surprised either of us have a tv now since we get pretty upset when they send home our favorites.

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    3. Cynthia, I was a big fan too, and oh yah, I've had a few words with the TV when my faves went home too, lol :)

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  2. A lovely reminder that 'hope' keeps us going through the trials and tribulations of life.

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    1. Thank you, hard to remember to be hopeful sometimes, but when things spiral out of control, it's the first place to start isn't it

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  3. Another Sunday, another beautiful song, thanks for the introduction!

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