The Good from Pain
It’s not the pain itself
A Christian greets with joy,
But rather what it helps us gain
When in the Lord’s employ.
Like Jesus Christ we pray,
Lord, must this cup be mine?
But then we yield to One we trust:
Lord, not my will, but Thine.
For in the midst of pain
We find His loving care;
And patience has its perfect work
In sorrow borne through prayer.
We look ahead in hope
To what we soon will gain,
And then, like Jesus, we can bear
This fleeting, earthly pain.
Lord, make me more like Christ
As You have said You would;
Please be my Strength and Comforter,
And turn this pain to good.
Christina Joy Hommes
“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.” James 1:2-3
“Saying, Father, if Thou be willing, remove this cup from Me: nevertheless not My will, but Thine, be done.” Luke 22:42
“When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.” Isaiah 43:2
“And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope:” Romans 5:3-4
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2
“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:17-18
“And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-5
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.” Romans 8:28-29
It has been a while since I sent you a comment. I am always encouraged by your poems and I like the new presentation you have added to your program. I am especially pleased that you have now added several scriptures that relate to the poem you have written. I am going through a depressing period in my life and sometimes it feels like I can’t go on. Your poem today and the scriptures that followed reminded me that though there is a lot of suffering in life, we serve a God who knows about our afflictions and is with us in the storm. I want to thank you for your ministry through poetry and pray that God will continue to inspire you.
God Bless you,
Dear Rose Marie,
Thank you for your note and prayers. I’m sorry this has been such a difficult season of life for you. As you go through this storm, may the Lord give you a special awareness of His loving presence, and may He put many little blessings along your way to remind you how well He knows you and cares for you.