The Saddest Word

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

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.

“When hope is taken away from the people, moral degeneration follows swiftly after.”
- Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973)


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Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.