It is said that into each life some rain must fall; this past week, our family has been hit with the equivalent of a tropical deluge. Ever present in our aching hearts and overwhelmed minds resounds the question of "Why?" Why this? Why was this allowed to happen? What possible good can come from trials of this nature? And so on . . .
I remember thinking something similar years ago while in college. At the time I was developing Type 1 diabetes, a life-altering condition. My father's health was also failing, and we nearly lost him that summer when his liver shut down.
I wrote a poem then that pretty well sums up what I'm feeling now. There is also a set of lyrics I wrote a couple of years ago that would also fit in here. May both inspire a sense of calming peace.
When Things Are Looking Darkest
When things are looking darkest And there’s no light shining in Don’t hang your head in sorrow Don’t think that you can’t win Hold on with true conviction Don’t let your spirit die Keep on reaching forward Don’t be afraid to try For soon the storm will lift And the clouds will fade away And the pain that you now feel Will not forever stay It too will disappear to be replaced with faith anew And you will find the strength you need Residing within you.
Cheri Jackson (This was written before I became a Crane) 1980
1st: Today I said a heart-felt prayer And found the Lord was truly there To offer peace, sweet Gilead’s balm Loving comfort, peaceful calm
Chorus: Though raging storms persist within The needed healing will begin Cling to hope when clouds descend Calming peace without an end
2nd:Hope is real, and faith is sure When tender hearts are tried and pure The Refiner’s Fire burns, ‘tis true Leaving diamonds among its residue
3rd: This day will pass, the night will cease Grieving hearts will fill with peace A new dawn breaks with beauty rare Dispersing of our every care.
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