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 A Pleasant Sorrow

[i]It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart. Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better. The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning;[/i] Ecc 7:2-4


Oh my soul ...

Is thankful
That You have
Returned to it

Grieving
To tear-less
Intercession

So it seemed good
In Your sight
To stop these
At the borders
Thus far
And no further

"[i]Oh [u]that[/u] my head were waters,
and mine eyes a fountain of tears,
that I might weep day and night
for the slain of the daughter of my people![/i]
Said Jeremiah

And may it be as similar
In those days
That You disallowed
Ezekiel;

[i] ye shall not mourn nor weep;
but ye shall pine away
for your iniquities,
and mourn one toward another.[/i]

A fountain - Rather,
“a reservoir,”
in which tears had been stored up,
so that the prophet might weep abundantly.

Said another.

And the storehouse,
The reservoir full
Fed by the inlet
The inward tears
And groanings

For an end
For the completion
For the cleansing
Of sin from the earth
The great wound
Of healing

For a pure
People

Though the river
Ran dry
And the prayers
Turned to leaning
On the foolish

On what was known
And not on knowing

Reliance of
A shaky confidence
But not
On Thee

Oh what miserable
Creatures
We truly are
To displace
And replace
To rest on
Our laurels

A faulty foundation
The plank
Of presumption
Strikes the accuser

As much as
The reproached

[i]If we say...[/i]

How tremendous
And devastating

For we say much
Far too much
Oft times

A multiplicity
Of words
And little
Counsel

They fall
To the ground
Without
Sound

Cold, hard,
Facts
Bereft of Your Spirit

Careless consideration
And prideful assumption

Displaced motivation
And unruly anger

Indignation is
Honorable
If it be
Unmixed

With human
Compulsion

All else
Pride
Haughty
Insoluble

Arrogance
Mingled with
Ignorance

A lifting
Of the head
Or a bowing
Of false
Humility

Thou knowest
Thou seest

Ah, but You
My God
Are a terror
And a comfort

Giving the
Sweetness
Of repentance
And unspeakable
Mercy

My folly
Had turned away
Your face
In anger

How right
And just
You are!

Your chastising
Desired

Better
Than all
The earths
Riches

Woe to be
Left
Without

For whom
The Lord loveth
He chasteneth,
And scourgeth
Every son
Whom he
receiveth.

And gracious
Are Thee
To restore
The heart
To mourning

As it was
Before

Thy silence
Is precious

And
The groanings
Unutterable

Are
Bittersweet

And a comfort

For without them
Is not the Spirit

And if not
Thy Spirit

Nothing

So I rejoice
In suffering
And am content
In weakness

For then
I know
You
Are there

And are
Present

Ah Lord
How we presume!
Upon Thy
Goodness

Contrite
And
Humble

Such precious
Commodity

Can we not
See it?

That we are
Not

Consumed
In Your anger

And our blood
Is not drunk
With Thy arrows

A brood of rebels
And independents
Gone astray
With all our
Knowledge

Knowing
Well knowing
The proclivities
And the straying

Without excuse
In honesty

And yet ...

When we have
Fallen
Stumbled

Recognize
Nay, anticipate
Justice

And punishment
Deserving

And we again
Turn

We find ...

A welcome

And
Forgiveness

Oh! It stops
The mouth
From boasting

Ah, my soul ...

So it seems
That the
Tears
Will remain
Bottled

And
The reservoir
Brimming

So it was
Good
In Your sight

And it seems
That one day
The damn
Will burst

And death
By drowning

May it be so
A pleasant sorrow


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Mike Balog

 2006/12/11 9:06Profile
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 Re: A Pleasant Sorrow

much meat to chew on.

i love to ponder too!


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Lisa

 2006/12/11 11:47Profile
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 Re: A Pleasant Sorrow

Interesting thoughts to ponder, Mike!

This reminds me of several passages that I have read in classic Christian literature (from [i]Paradise Lost[/i] to [i]Grace Abounding[/i] to [i]Pilgrim's Progress[/i]).

Thank you for sharing.

:-)


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Christopher

 2006/12/12 1:00Profile





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