Turn Aside and Look: Surpassing All We Know



…hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?
But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
~Romans 8: 24-25


Though snow still falls on shoots rising from frozen earth,
Though emerging buds stay encased in ice,
Though the song of peeper frogs is subdued and tentative,
Though darkness seals us in as hope feels lost~

Our words are spoken-
Our pleas are heard-
We wait patiently for
your love surpassing what we could ever know.


Even before we call on Thy name
To ask Thee, O Lord,
When we seek for the words to glorify Thee,
Thou hearest our prayer;
Unceasing love, O unceasing love,
Surpassing all we know.

Glory to the Father,
and to the Son,
And to the Holy Spirit.

Even with darkness sealing us in,
We breathe Thy name,
And through all the days that follow so fast,
We trust in Thee;
Endless Thy grace, O endless Thy grace,
Beyond all mortal dream.

Both now and forever,
And unto ages and ages,

~Stephen Paulus “Pilgrim’s Hymn”

One thought on “Turn Aside and Look: Surpassing All We Know

  1. The almost surreal picture of the ’emerging buds encased in hope’ says to me what cannot be easily articulated, Emily — the trusting hope, the sureness in our souls that what He has promised us, as we tread this temporary journey — part of that time in darkness when we do not feel hopeful — we call ‘life’ and, finally eternity with Him, all part of His promise. ‘If we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently’ makes the reality of His promises that much sweeter.
    The full harvest of the Spirit’s Presence will be realized.
    Maranatha, Lord Jesus, Maranatha!

    Thank you, Emily, for your timely, inspired and beautifully photographed message to us today.


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