[b]By Faith Take Up Your Cross[/b]I asked the Lord to strengthen me immediately I felt painThe sunshine of His presence was lost in pouring rainMy friends all seemed to shun me, as no one lent a handI suddenly felt all alone - none seemed to understand Then some one reached out to me - my hope somewhat revivedUntil they pointed out my sin and all within me criedI couldnt even answer their judgment was severeI tried to ask forgiveness but they didnt want to hear Numb with pain and sorrow I sought comfort anewBut not a single friend could see what I was going throughIn fact a few could clearly see that I was quite distressedMy lack of joy and peace was what several now addressed Confused, hurt and abandoned, my heart was growing hardA storm of thoughts was weakening my resolve to serve the LordPerhaps I never really had the faith to pass the testHow could things turn out this way when giving Him my best Caught in my dilemma I hid my face and criedNot noticing at first the one who now stood by my sideHis voice arrested every thought to His gentle commandIve come my child to comfort you so you will understand Why do you doubt Why dont you see Why is My way not plain?You asked that I would strengthen you My yes was all your painMy Fathers way has always been to bruise and crush His sonsThe fellowship of suffering makes us His holy ones If you would now be perfect and joy to me would bringThen count it all pure joy when I send you my sufferingDeny your need for ease and rest, count whats gain as lostEmbrace the way of suffering by faith take up your cross
_________________SI Moderator - Greg Gordon
Quote: Embrace the way of suffering-by faith take up your cross.Suffering is not something we want, at least, I don't.However, if we suppose that we are going to be made into the image of Christ without being chiseled to His form, then think again.We will be hated for Christ's sake, which is why we will suffer.It is all in God's plan.Wish we could just glide into heaven without any hassle, but that is not going to happen.God knows best.God bless.
Dear Greg,I'm not much for poetry, but I loved this. Did you write it?
Greg, who wrote this?
You asked that I would strengthen you My yes was all your painMy Fathers way has always been to bruise and crush His sonsThe fellowship of suffering makes us His holy ones
It reminded one of my favorite chapters in all of the scriptures (Isaiah). Here's a few verses (19-22) that go along with the poem...19 O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you. [b][u]20 Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. [/u][/b]whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it." 22 Then you will defile your idols overlaid with silver and your images covered with gold; you will throw them away like a menstrual cloth and say to them, "Away with you!"