“Hope Thou in God”
by Mary Beth Singleterry
I can well remember a time when I felt hopeless. Not only did I feel hopeless about myself, I also felt hopeless about the condition of the entire world! Looking at the news on TV was quite upsetting. If I ever did use the word “hope,” it was very timidly, “I sure hope everything will be ok” (sigh, sigh, sigh). You know the feeling, I’m sure.
When I found Plainfield Church, a practitioner gave me a wonderful verse from Psalms: “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance.” The definition of the word “hope” from the 1828 Webster’s Dictionary is “to trust with confident expectation of good.” The practitioner always has had this “confident expectation of good.” As I received prayerful practitioner help, healing occurred in my life, and I began to have hope! This hope was real, a hope that could count on a good God to help me in every situation. This was a hope that brought joy and confidence to every aspect of life. As Mrs. Eddy says in Science and Health, “When the real is attained, which is announced by Science, joy is no longer a trembler, nor is hope a cheat.” That old sense of hope was thrown out the window!
I also had hope for the world! I was taught to pray whenever I heard a negative news report, to know that God, good, governs every situation, and to know it until I felt peace in my heart. Hope is a good thing, and it comes to us from God. As an old hymn states so beautifully:
“Dear Lord, may I prove
All things to us are given,
Health, hope, and joys of heaven,
Gifts of Thy Love.”
Come join us here. You, too, will find God’s loving gift of hope!