Monday, September 22, 2014

"Lead, Kindly Light"

Lead, Kindly Light, by John Henry Newman

"Lead, Kindly Light, amidst th'encircling gloom,
Lead Thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home,
Lead Thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene; one step enough for me.

I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou
Shouldst lead me on;
I loved to choose and see my path; but now
Lead Thou me on!
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will. Remember not past years!

So long Thy power hath blest me, sure it still
Will lead me on.
O'er moor and fen, o'er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone,
And with the morn those angel faces smile,
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile!

Meantime, along the narrow rugged path,
Thyself hast trod,
Lead, Saviour, lead me home in childlike faith,
Home to my God.
To rest forever after earthly strife
In the calm light of everlasting life."

Friday, September 5, 2014

Some days...Part 2

Some days...you just need to let off steam.

Some days...you just need to not have to make dinner.

Some days...making dinner is how you show your family that you still love them.

Some days...you will regret lots of things.

Some days...you know that you just need to try again tomorrow.

Life is hard.  And not in an abstract sense but a specific, concrete, tired hands, feet, and mind, type of way.  On those days, those moments, I will try harder to breathe, lean into the pain a little bit, and take it.  Because it is not as bad as it could be and if this is my trial, my thorn in the flesh, then I know that His strength will be made perfect in my weakness.

I guess what I'm saying is...I need to be weaker so that I can more clearly see Christ's strength.