Hope Springs Eternal

April 8, 2009 at 11:02 am | Posted in Devotional thoughts, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The outlook wasn’t brilliant for the Mudville nine that day,
The score stood four to two, with but one inning more to play.
And then when Cooney died at first, and Barrows did the same,
A sickly silence fell upon the patrons of the game.

A straggling few got up to go in deep despair.  The rest

clung to that hope which springs eternal in the human breast.
They thought, “if only Casey could but get a whack at that.
We’d put up even money now, with Casey at the bat.”

                                                — Ernest L. Thayer


            I think often, this time of year, about the famous line “hope springs eternal in the human breast.”  As a long-time Colorado Rockies fans, we know that feeling of hope which springs eternal.  And like the Mudville fans, we too are usually disappointed by that hope, and we too have no joy when the scenario plays out.  If you don’t know the ending of the poem  .  .  .


Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright.
The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light.
And, somewhere men are laughing, and little children shout,
but there is no joy in Mudville – mighty Casey has struck out.


            Here is another spring thought which relates to Easter rather than baseball.  When I read the following words on the opening day of Rockies’ baseball season, I thought again of that “hope which springs eternal.”  There is no such thing as eternal hope, when that hope is put in temporal things, like baseball.  But from God we have a living hope.  “In his great mercy, he has given us new birth into a living hope, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” (1 Peter 1:3)  The same power which raised Jesus from the dead is available, through God’s grace, to give us a hope which springs eternal.  And unlike baseball hopes, this one is rooted in non-temporal things.  This hope is given because of God’s mercy, which is eternal; it is through Jesus’ resurrection, which is both powerful and eternal; it comes from the new birth – birth by the Spirit of God, and that is living and powerful and eternal.  “You have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, by the living and enduring word of God.” (v.23)

            Do you, like the fans in Mudville, have a hope based on temporal things, or have you been born again and given a living hope based on eternal things?  This spring season, put your hope in Jesus, who was raised from the dead.  Then God will give you the true “hope which springs eternal.”




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