Tuesday, August 20, 2013
by His grace...
"But He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
~2 Corinthians 12:9
by His grace...
We cannot climb into another's pain
Nor imagine their distraught
That consumed their heart to make them wane
And leave them so overwrought,
But we can climb into God's arms
To ask Him ever to hold
Our dearly beloved safe in His arms
And into His heart, to closely enfold.
We cannot know the ways of God,
Of how He holds the fragile sparrow,
Or how He holds our little ones
Who may fall upon His road so narrow...
But we can know that His great love
Overcomes all our weaknesses and fears
And takes us safely to Him above,
Who lovingly awaits to wipe away our tears.
Such tender hearts belong to Him;
He guards them all the way,
Even, and especially, when days grow dim,
When they can't see the light to find their way,
For He alone created the miracle that brought them here
To grace this earth and be with us awhile;
So too, He alone could return them Home
To restore their souls, and return the gleams unto their smile.
So He alone can come alongside
Us grieving dads and mothers
Who long for our children through this long while
For despite the pain and the angst that still smothers,
He sends His comfort and soothes our hearts,
While our little ones from our sides are briefly torn away…
Restoring the Hope for when we nevermore will part,
On that blissful, Eternal, Life-giving Day.
Thank You dear Lord for Your Life-giving Grace;
May it ever spur us on, as it did our child,
As You work in each of our hearts with Your mercy mild,
As we, too, falteringly flail on, until we too finish our race,
And then, by Love's great mercy, we'll see You face to face!
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.…
~Hebrews 12:1-2 (New American Standard)
Dedicated to Merry Katherine and all our deceased children, and to Andrew, a friend of Merry Katherine's, a beautiful, bright, and caring young man, captain of his State-Championship high-school soccer team, one-year younger than Merry Katherine, who died just 2 weeks after Merry Katherine had been killed…
Andrew, along with his brother, had just sent us a sweet note of condolence just a few days after Merry Katherine's death. May God be with precious Andrew's mother and daddy and two brothers who are left behind in their great grief…
Thank You God that Merry Katherine and Andrew, and so many others of our children just like them, because of Your great love for them, have all been safely escorted Home where we all may meet again.
Poem - by His grace… ~Angie Bennett Prince - August 19, 2013