December 3: Romans 15:11-13

"Praise the Lord. all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples praise Him"; And again Isaiah says, "The root of Jesse shall come, the one who rises to rule the Gentiles; in Him the Gentiles shall hope." May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Lost Hope ... will change everything. Just watch a team's momentum swing.

Less interest in what once brought joy. Dreams held high now just annoy.

You once believed, but doubt takes hold. What had inspired is tired and old.

You settle for good instead of great. You even accept what you used to hate.

Now lust. greed, and vain ambition Have replaced our peaceful condition.

God, restore us by your power. Don't let us waste another hour.

Remind us of your saving grace. Help us pursue your loving face.

Restore the precious gift of HOPE. Remove discouragement and mope.

Enlarge our vision, dreams and plans. Holy Spirit, help us understand

How beautiful and satisfying When we are on God relying.

Breathe new life to old routines. Conquer us and change our scenes.

Then let us give the gift this year Of HOPE to those depressed by fear.

He came to overcome our strife. Came from above to give us life.

May all of us in HOPE abound. To change our future all around.

Help us show this fullness free. Let them see this Joy in me.

Ford Mastin