Connie’s husband was born in my city and has relatives here, so Connie and Tom occasionally drive from their home in North Carolina to visit them and then drive on to see their daughter, son-in-law, and grandsons. After spending time with them, they drive to Chicago to visit with their son and daughter-in-law.
Connie and I had twittered about meeting sometime and actually tried earlier this year but it didn’t work out. So, when they came through at Easter, my hubby and I were honored to meet Connie and Tom and have lunch with them. We had a great time and they are so gracious, the kind you wished lived next door to you!
Connie’s second book on poetry Abiding Hope & Love has been published and is the reason for this post and blog tour.
So many people are suffering hard times right now. My heart has been heavy for several friends who are undergoing extreme trials in their lives and, as one of Connie’s poems popped out at me, I decided to share it with you today…
Hold on to hope when the world seems cold,
When you’re anxious and weary, and when you grow old.
Hold on to hope when you feel in despair,
When your burdens seem heavy and too much to bear.
Hold on to hope when you’re lonely and sad,
When you’re lost and discouraged, or just feeling bad.
Hold on to hope through the darkness of night,
When troubles continue with no end in sight.
Hold on to hope, let God’s love flood your soul
With the promise that you can be healed and made whole.
Hold on to hope – God will answer your prayer,
Will comfort and strengthen, your burdens will share.
Hold on to hope for you’re never alone,
For Christ’s love within you brightly has shone.
Hold on to hope, let your worries depart,
Let God’s beauty and love fill your mind and your heart.
I invite you to stop by and visit Connie’s heart-filled work. She loves company!
May the Lord bless you with peace, comfort, and hope in whatever you are going through this day.