The high school choir that I accompany is learning Z. Randall Stroope’s choral piece “Inscription of Hope” for a Holocaust Remembrance service in March.  Mr. Stroope was inspired by an inscription found on a cellar wall in Cologne, Germany.  We don’t know who wrote these words, but we can imagine the horrific circumstances under which he or she must have been living.

We performed this work last year, but I am always moved by the beauty of the music and the sentiment of the lyrics.

I found a video to share with you of a community college performing this piece.  You can find the lyrics under the video.

I believe in the sun even when it is not shining,

And I believe in love even when there’s 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 suff’ring and hopeless despair,

My heart cries for shelter, to know 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.

I believe in the sun even when it is not shining,

And I believe in love even when there’s no one there.

But I believe in God even when He is silent,

I believe through any trial there is always a way.

May there someday be sunshine,

May there someday be happiness,

May there someday be love,

May there someday be peace.

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