The thing about being sick, and living on the opposite side of the world to many friends, is that weddings are difficult to get to. My dear friend Sylvia is getting married in less than a month and I was due to be coming home to bridesmaid it up for her but a second round of surgery (and we’re still waiting for the date) got in the way. Instead I’ve written a toast/speech/letter thing for their wedding day, not quite the same but nevermind.

While I was putting it together I googled a lot for good quotes and poems. A wedding is great for poems and quotes. Although I didn’t use it, I was reminded somewhere of the bible verse that I studied as a child that goes: “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13). I like faith, hope and love. Why do I like being human? Because just when you feel like the world is really trying to drown you with difficulty, someone shows a little faith, hope or love and brings you back to the surface for air.

This morning, as I meandered my way into the office, a song my sister suggested I might like years ago played in my headphones. The chorus goes:

“Though I’m hopeful, yes I am, hopeful for today
Take this music and use it, let it take you away
And be hopeful, hopeful, and He’ll make a way
I know it ain’t easy but – that’s okay
Cause we hopeful”

For some reason it resonated with me at the moment – “I know it ain’t easy but – that’s okay” – and I felt buoyed by hope.

So here, for your listening pleasure, is Hope by Twista and featuring Faith Evans, from the Coach Carter soundtrack.

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