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I believe in the sun even when it is not shining

And I believe in love even when there is no one there.

And I believe in God even when he is silent

I believe through any trial, there is always a way.

But sometimes in this suffering and hopeless despair

My heart cries for shelter and hope someone’s there.

But a voice rises within me saying, hold on my child

I’ll give you strength, I’ll give you hope

Just stay a little while.

May there someday be sunshine

May there someday be happiness

May there someday be love

. . . May there someday . . .

Be peace.

The song called “Inscription of Hope,” by Dr. Z. Randall Stroope, was sung by Barbara Morris Full for the 175th Anniversary of First Baptist Church, Grantsville. The author asks that whenever this piece is performed, the following paragraph is read for the audience so they are able to understand the significance of the text.

“The Holocaust is a stunning reminder of the tragic results of prejudice and hate toward other people, but it is also a reminder that hope held firm will eventually reign victorious over the greatest of odds. The preceding words were inscribed on the walls of a cellar in Cologne, Germany, where Jews were hiding from the Nazis during World War II. Hope was all they had to hold on to; hope was their only bridge to a brighter tomorrow.”

These words were very appropriate for this 175th Anniversary. As you become familiar with the history of the Church and Calhoun County, you will know that our forefathers suffered many setbacks because of war, natural disasters, strife among members, and problems with transportation. There was always a determination to “Keep on believing. Never give up. Never give up.” These were the words that were repeatedly mentioned by Dr. David Carrico, executive minister of W.Va. Baptist Convention. These were the words that ended the celebration and gave us hope for the future.

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