"The willingness to be and to have just what God wants us to be and to have, nothing more, nothing less, and nothing else, would set our hearts at rest, and we would discover that the simpler the life the greater the peace." - Elisabeth Elliot in The Shaping of a Christian Family

Thursday, June 8, 2017

On a Roll - Another Project Done

Though this one can't be counted as finishing a work in progress, because I just started it recently, it's a good accomplishment nonetheless.

The quote is from a poem by Amy Carmichael, a missionary to India. She saved many girls from temple prostitution and raised them and some boys, too, in a Christian atmosphere, educating them and preparing them for profitable work. The last 20 or so years of her life were spent bedridden from an accident, but still able to oversee the ministry to the needy and writing. Here is the entirety of that though-provoking poem:

In Acceptance Lieth Peace ~Amy Carmichael

He said, ‘I will forget the dying faces;
The empty places,
They shall be filled again.
O voices moaning deep within me, cease.’
But vain the word; vain, vain:
Not in forgetting lieth peace.
He said, ‘I will crowd action upon action,
The strife of faction
Shall stir me and sustain;
O tears that drown the fire of manhood cease.’
But vain the word; vain, vain:
Not in endeavour lieth peace.
He said, ‘I will withdraw me and be quiet,
Why meddle in life’s riot?
Shut be my door to pain.
Desire, thou dost befool me, thou shalt cease.’
But vain the word; vain, vain:
Not in aloofness lieth peace.
He said, ‘I will submit; I am defeated.
God hath depleted
My life of its rich gain.
O futile murmurings, why will ye not cease?’
But vain the word; vain, vain:
Not in submission lieth peace.
He said, ‘I will accept the breaking sorrow
Which God tomorrow
Will to His son explain.’
Then did the turmoil deep within me cease.
Not vain the word, not vain;
For in Acceptance lieth peace.

May God help us to accept what may be difficult for us.

1 comment:

  1. Such a pretty wallhanging... love Amy Charmichael books and poems.. xx


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