Someday I will sail away, far away
to the place where the sky meets the sea.
I’ll cast all my troubles into the deep
and no one will ever find me.

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Teach Me

I don’t understand why joy turns to sorrow. I don’t understand why hearts break and hopes are disappointed. I don’t understand why good things are taken away and bad things won’t leave. I don’t understand why any of this is happening.

My eyes cannot see any good coming out of any of this. My mind cannot fathom what the point of this might be.

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Intermezzo

Sometimes a light surprises the Christian while he sings;
It is the Lord, who rises with healing in His wings:
When comforts are declining, He grants the soul again
A season of clear shining, to cheer it after rain.

In holy contemplation we sweetly then pursue
The theme of God’s salvation, and find it ever new.
Set free from present sorrow, we cheerfully can say,
Let the unknown tomorrow bring with it what it may.

It can bring with it nothing but He will bear us through;
Who gives the lilies clothing will clothe His people, too;
Beneath the spreading heavens, no creature but is fed;
And He Who feeds the ravens will give His children bread.

Though vine nor fig tree neither their wonted fruit should bear,
Though all the field should wither, nor flocks nor herds be there;
Yet God the same abiding, His praise shall tune my voice,
For while in Him confiding, I cannot but rejoice.

-William Cowper

Something Better

“God is good.”
Fact

“God is just.”
Fact.

“God is wise.”
Fact.

“God is all-powerful.”
Fact.

“God is love.”
Fact.

“God gives and God takes away.”
Fact.

“God never takes away something from your life without replacing it with something better.” (Billy Graham)
Incomplete.

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“…if you’ve been up all night and cried till you have no more tears left in you – you will know that there comes in the end a sort of quietness. You feel as if nothing is ever going to happen again.”
― C.S. Lewis

Grief
Intangible, yet its hurts are real-
A shattered heart that still can feel.
Tears that from the world must hide.
A bitter hurt buried deep inside.
Ears that hear a voice not there.
Memories that come to rend and tear.
Arms that ache with emptiness.
Endless nights that bring no rest.

-MEM, 5/25/2017

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  – Proverbs 3:5

I recently heard someone say that God sends us “hurdles” in life to “prove to us how strong we are.”

The idea that hard times prove to us how strong we are is a popular sentiment, one shared even by people who don’t believe in God. Read More

The End of Goodbye

“I took her hand in mine, and we went out of the ruined place; and, as the morning mists had risen long ago when I first left the forge, so the evening mists were rising now, and in all the broad expanse of tranquil light they showed to me, I saw no shadow of another parting from her.”

The alternate ending to Great Expectations is the only part of the book I actually enjoy. The word choice of the very last phrase reminds me of a verse: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” -James 1:17

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