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The Song of Hope: Project Good Words Musical Challenge

Updated on October 28, 2014

The Story Continues

My thanks to my friends Jo, Maria, and Ruby, who all inspired this chapter in the story of a Child Named Hope. We will begin from the beginning of this series, and then listen to the Song of Hope.

“And the child was born, and as she grew it became apparent that this was a special child. Her golden hair reflected sunlight on sunny days, and during the gloom of winter she seemed to absorb the darkness, so that those in her proximity felt warmth where there was cold.

By the time she was eight she was sought by millions, all longing to be near her, to touch her, to bask in her peacefulness, and to hear her words. Every week, every Saturday, in a field of lavender, she met with those who had come from distant shores, and she answered their questions with patience, and with love.”

Listen, now, to the sweet melody of Hope.

A child named Hope
A child named Hope | Source

Hope Among the Unwashed

One day Hope’s parents took her to town, and there they sought out the homeless, the destitute, and those who had given up on life. They had barely been there ten minutes before Hope saw a man sitting on the curb. Dressed in rags, emaciated, and yes, filthy, it was apparent that this was a man desperately in need.

Hope stood in front of the man and asked him if she could sit down next to him. He said yes, and she did, and then, with an angelic voice, Hope sang:

“If the sky above you should turn dark and full of clouds
and that old north wind should begin to blow,
keep your head together and call my name out loud.
Soon I will be knocking upon your door.
You just call out my name, and you know where ever I am
I'll come running to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call and I'll be there.” (You’ve Got a Friend)

Those who witnessed the child singing to the homeless man wept openly, and by the second stanza, a small crowd had formed, all singing, all smiling, all branding the moment in their minds and hearts.

The child kissed the man’s forehead and thanked him for his time, then held her parents’ hands and proceeded down the street.

Blessed Are the Hungry

Soon they came to a waif of a boy, standing at the steps of a bank, a sign in hand stating that he was hungry and needed assistance. Passerby went in and out of the bank, the boy virtually invisible to them, so busy they were with their own lives.

Hope asked her father to go across the street to a little café and buy some warm food for her new friend. While her father did that, Hope sat next to the boy, held his hand, and sang:

“When you're down and out
When you're on the street
When evening falls so hard, I will comfort you

I'll take your part
Oh, when darkness comes
And pain is all around

Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down” (Bridge Over Troubled Water)

Hope’s father delivered the food, Hope delivered herself, and the day continued while the wizards of commerce continued in ignorant bliss.

Hope Among the Unemployed

Soon Hope came to a long line of people, all standing outside an office building. Some were dressed in fine clothes, while others were in hand-me-downs in various states of disrepair.

There was little conversation from the people in the line. Most had glassy eyes and spoke little, shuffling forward as the line moved towards the front door of the Employment Office. As soon as one person was allowed to enter the office, three more took his/her place at the end of the line, so great was unemployment in that area.

Hope moved to the front of the line then turned to face those silently waiting. She spread her arms, smiled, and sang:

“I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day.

I think I can make it now, the pain is gone
All of the bad feelings have disappeared
Here is the rainbow I’ve been prayin?for
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day.” (I Can See Clearly Now)

Did they all find jobs that day? No! In truth, few were hired, but they all returned the next day strengthened by their meeting with Hope.

Hope Among the Orphans

Finally that day, Hope came upon a massive brick building. Moss and ivy-covered the front, several chimneys sprouted from its roof, and in some inexplicable way, sadness engulfed the structure. Hanging over the front door was a large sign….Island of Hope….and several little children were standing on the steps that led into the orphanage.

Hope led her parents to the children, and pulling one small girl to her, she asked her to go inside and tell all the children to come out for a moment. Soon, Hope was surrounded by children of various ages, some very small, some in their teen years, all curious about the purpose of Hope’s visit.

When the building was emptied and all the children were with Hope, she spread her arms and rose in the air, finally hovering ten feet above them. Mouths dropped open and a collective gasp was heard, but the gasp was drowned out by the sweet voice of Hope:

“I used to think that I could not go on
And life was nothing but an awful song
But now I know the meaning of true love
I'm leaning on the everlasting arms

If I can see it, then I can do it
If I just believe it, there's nothing to it

I believe I can fly
I believe I can touch the sky
I think about it every night and day
Spread my wings and fly away

I believe I can soar
I see me running through that open door
I believe I can fly, I believe I can fly
I believe I can fly.” (I Believe I Can Fly)

She then slowly drifted back to ground and addressed them.

“Hope is never absent as long as it is in your hearts. You must believe. You must refuse to surrender. No matter the past years of lovelessness. No matter the lonely days when it seems that no one cares about you. No matter the lack of friends and true love. No matter the endless tears you have cried.

“There will always be Hope, and I will be there to keep you warm. I will be there to dry your eyes. I will be there to give you strength. Just as I soared before you, Hope will always soar where there are true believers.

“Believe in me as I do you.”

Believe in Hope
Believe in Hope | Source

The Music Challenge

Again, my thanks to those who began this musical challenge. As Maria stated in one of her articles:

“This year my friend Jo_Goldsmith11took it upon herself to initiate theLight2Love Project Good Words.

As Jo explained: "When I was growing up for the most part my mother told us 'if you can't say something nice, then don't say anything at all...! It's not polite and it shows you are uneducated if you can't say something without hurting someone deliberately!'

These things are not productive and don't make any sense. I make a commitment to my self that in 2014 and beyond, I will use good words and not be part of the hate and the behavior of uneducated people."

So for the year 2014, Jo pledged to use good words and publish articles used to empower, encourage, support and defend those who need to be shown love.”

It was an honor to add my character Hope to this wonderful tradition.

Stay tuned. Next week, two of my favorite characters come together…Hope Meets Mercy!

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

The beginning of this series can be found here:

http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/A-Child-Named-Hope-A-Moment-with-Bill-Reflection


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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I believe that to be true, Deb. Thank you, and Happy Thanksgiving to you.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      There is always hope on the horizon and in the heart of those that believe that things will get better.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dianna. I hope that is true. I'm trying. :)

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      You have posted a favorite song of mine, You've Got a Friend. Love your message of hope and can't wait to meet Mercy. Your words are encouraging and making such an impact on readers.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aww, Jo, I was hoping you would see this eventually. Thank you for the inspiration for this essay, and I'm so happy that you loved it.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 3 years ago

      Bill!

      What a beautifully written article on Hope! I just let the tears flow as the songs you have chosen and with this story really touched my heart!

      I am so moved by this, you have done a wonderful job here!

      Many blessings for you...as you give us hope with the example of a gifted writer, and outstanding human being! Shared, and up she goes to the angels who supply us with Hope!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Carol. I agree completely!

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      Success In Life 3 years ago from U.S.

      Inspiring story the heart of a child is honest and true

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Your Cousins. I'm glad it helped you on this rainy Thursday.

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      Your Cousins 3 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I needed to be uplifted today and this surely helps. Love the inspirational song choices and the touching story.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Alicia! The meeting will happen on Tuesday and I'm excited about it.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      What a creative way to combine the story of Hope with the musical challenge! Hope's stories are always inspirational and interesting. I'm looking forward to the meeting of Hope and Mercy!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Iris! I happen to think you've got some game in the writing department as well. :)

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      Cristen Iris 3 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      I am continually amazed at your creativity and I always love your song choices.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes you will, Ann. I just caught myself writing a cliché and I slapped my own wrist. :)

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you vkwok. I'm really happy to hear that. I think we all need a little inspiration in today's world.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jo! The girls have met and I'll tell you all about it next Tuesday. :)

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      You make me laugh out loud! On a par with the Pulitzer, eh? That's good enough for me :) You deserve a 'brilliant' every single time, it's just that I have to chose different words once in a while - no clichés here or I'll get a slapped wrist!

      Ann

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Your stories remain an inspiration to us all. Best wishes.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill, beautiful and inspirational, looking forward to the meeting.

      As always, a shining example.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, any time I receive a "brilliant" from you I feel I have reached the pinnacle of my profession. Some people shoot for the Pulitzer..I shoot for Ann's Brilliant. :) Thank you my friend.

      bill

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! Brilliant, even!

      You have chosen 3 of my favourite songs (the first 3) and, strangely, I've just been reading 'lambservant''s hub of friendship songs which included the first two.

      I love your series about Hope and can't wait to read the meeting of Hope and Mercy.

      Your writing soars along with those you're helping to spread wings and fly.

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sandra. Honestly, the hardest part of writing this was in choosing the right songs.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Marlene. It's fun to write about Hope. I think she is someone that every reader would like to know. :)

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      What wonderful lessons Hope brings to the world Bill, and excellent choice of songs.

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      Sandra Joy Eastman 3 years ago from Robbinsdale MN

      I love all the music you used. Wonderful piece.

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Bill, I think this is beautiful. I enjoyed reading about Hope today and look forward to reading how the meeting goes between Hope and Mercy.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rhonda! The girls are arranging their meeting as we speak, and it should be a joyous occasion.

      It's always a pleasure having you stop by my friend.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      The world needs a song of hope in a sea of destruction. I enjoyed the songs as I heard them to the music when reading. :). I'm eagerly awaiting Hope and Mercy coming together!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sheila. Funny thing is, when I was younger, I was never a real creative person. It's like I flipped some switch accidentally and became a creative writer. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you breakfastpop. I'm so happy that you enjoy my message of Hope.

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      None of the descriptions fit this hub because it's awesome, beautiful, and many other things rolled together. I can't even think of a powerful enough word. I enjoyed how you combined Hope's story with the music challenge. Great job!

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      Thank you for this rich feel good excellent piece of hope. You amaze me..... Voted up and awesome.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Boy howdy, Faith, you got that right. A little sweetness and hope will go a long way towards curing what is wrong with us. Thank you sweet Faith.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jamie. I'm pretty fond of Hope as well.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Bill,

      Where would we be in this world without hope. Your beautiful contribution to the "Good Words" project started by our precious Jo and continued with her love of music, our lovely Maria, is special indeed. Your sweet character of Hope and her lovely songs inspire.

      There is a sweetness in this one, and this world can use a lot more sweetness coupled with hope!

      Hugs and peace

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      Awesome hub Bill, I love these stories. Jamie

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you jptanabe...I'm so glad you enjoyed Hope.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, thank you. This is becoming one of my favorite series to write about...we all need Hope.

      Thank you for the hugs. More are heading south your way.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm so glad you enjoy the Hope series, DDE. Thank you!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 3 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Love it! Great songs making a great story even greater.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Perfect songs to drive home the message of Hope.

      Thank you for this brilliant and most touching story as only you, Bill, can create. You are the dream-weaver of words.

      Sending hugs from California.

      Audrey

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A beautiful story and you said it greatly

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, as you know, we must always keep Hope alive. Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Randi. I appreciate your kindness.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruby! You are the reason for this hub, so thank you for the idea my friend. I'm glad you enjoyed the result.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Mary. I love the message of Hope...and Mercy...and I think I'll keep writing about these young ladies for awhile.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you for another great look at Hope. What a powerful literary character you have created. And so we keep Hope alive.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Beautiful story, beautiful message and music. Thank you!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I didn't want this to end, so very beautiful and touching. I sang every song, so clever, using lyrics for Hope to comfort the many people who needs hope. The children were sad, but the man sitting on the curb was so real. Your writing is so wonderful. I believe you've been given a gift to write this kind of story..Thank you my friend..

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      What perfect songs you have picked to show the meaning of hope. Songs have a way of reaching into our minds and grabbing our souls. Words that have meaning never die. You my friend show that in so many of your hubs but recently your hubs on Hope and Mercy truly show the way. What a glorious way to continue the good words!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sha. It feels good to write about something uplifting on a regular basis. :) I'm glad you enjoyed the music and story.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Beautiful story of Hope and hope, Bill. I love all the songs Hope sang. Each was befitting of the situation and expertly intertwined by her creator (you). Awesome!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, I am honored. Thank you so much. I love to write. Perhaps it shows in my work. I know I wouldn't be here if it were not for you and others like you. Quality friends you are, and I value you greatly.

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      I am with the above commenter and why I still lurk on Hubpages, because of you and your inspiring writing and words here. Thank you for this and so much more today, Bill. Wishing you a wonderful Tuesday now :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, I am honored...truly. Thank you my friend. Hope will return next week, same time, same day, same writer. :) I'm so glad you and others enjoy this series.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      This is the main reason I've returned to HP. I love your stories; so inspiring. The Hope Series promises to be some of your best writing yet. Waiting patiently for the next installment.

      OK, maybe not so patiently.