A House of Hope

Posted on July 16, 2011

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It’s probably fair to say that I may never share anything again on this blog that means as much to me as what I’m about to share with you, so thank you for stopping by and thank you for your willingness to listen.

I wrote this song last week in Mexico while serving with some people from my church at a children’s home in northern Mexico called “Casa de la Esperanza,” or “House of Hope” in English. These kids are so dear, and their unusual sense of joy and hope in the midst of their hard-knock lives is what inspired this song. If your heart is touched in any way by this song, please consider taking one of the following action steps as a response:

1. Visit Casa’s website (www.ahouseofhope.com) and find out how you might get involved in helping these kids

2. Retweet this blog post & video/share this blog post with all of your friends on Facebook to spread awareness about Casa, these beautiful kids and the incredible work that Gil Sanchez, his wife Becky and their staff do for the kids at Casa, and/or

3. If you like this song and would like to have a copy of it, email me at themusicalapologist@gmail.com, tell me you’re sending a donation to Casa along with a note that says that this song is what inspired you to donate (don’t tell me how much you’re sending- that’s your business, not mine), and I’ll email you back an Mp3 file of the song.

Thanks again for listening. Here’s “A House of Hope,” written and performed by Travis Branam (me), and featuring the Arvada Church of Christ Casa team along with the precious laughter and singing of Casa de la Esperanza’s kids.

Lyrics:

Sometimes, this world can make you mad

It can make you cry or make you sad

But there’s a reason to be glad we never should forget

Our God in heaven loves us so

And he loves us more than we can know

He’s given us a place to go so that we can see, you and me, that

We have a house of hope from up above

Full of light and love, yes we have family eternally

And we share a joy that earth cannot explain

So through the sunshine and the rain, this house will be our home

Hope can come from anything

From a shiny toy or a diamond ring

Hope can come from songs we sing, or wishing on a star

But our hope is built on nothing less

Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness

Worldly things mean so much less when we realize heaven’s prize that

We have a house of hope from up above

Full of light and love, yes we have family eternally

And we share a joy that earth cannot explain

So through the sunshine and the rain, this house will be our home

It’s a hard-knock life for us sometimes

People make mistakes, and hopeful hearts will break

It’s a hard-knock life for us sometimes

But there’s victory in our faith, and that victory will overcome the world

Un Dios (one God)

Una casa (one house)

Una esperanza (one hope)

Un hogar (one home)

They say a hope deferred will make you ill

And I guarantee at times it will

But all our longings he’ll fulfill the moment he returns

And on that bright and glorious day

All mistakes and heartbreak pass away

But love and faith and hope will stay And until that day, we will say that

We have a house of hope from up above

Full of light and love, yes we have family eternally

And we share a joy that earth cannot explain

So through the sunshine and the rain, this house will be our home

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