Find rest, O my soul, in God alone;  my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken. – Psalm 62:5-6

The Saddest Words
Several famous people were asked what they felt was the saddest word in the English language.  Listen to what some of them said:

  • But,” said Lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II.
  • Writer John Dos Passos quoted John Keats: “Forlorn! The very word is like a bell.
  • Statesman Bernard M. Baruch said: “Hopeless.
  • President Harry Truman quoted John Greenleaf Whittier: “For of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: ‘It might have been!”

“But”, “forlorn”, “hopeless”, “it might have been” . . . together these words describe the heart of a person without Christ.  What a con­trast these sad words make to the promises of God.

In Jesus Christ, a forlorn, hopeless heart haunted by “buts” and “it might have beens” is transformed into a heart of hope and purpose.  Be encouraged by God’s specific promises of joy and hope of trans­formation for your life.

– Steve Arterburn

When hope is taken away from the people, moral degeneration follows swiftly after. – Pearl S. Buck