Thursday, January 17, 2008

The Thorn

I'm finding this poem by Martha Snell Nicholson to be in line with the theme of the book of Ruth:

I stood a mendicant (beggar) of God before His royal throne
And begged him for one priceless gift, which I could call my own.
I took the gift from out His hand, but as I would depart
I cried, "But Lord this is a thorn and it has pierced my heart.
This is a strange, a hurtful gift, which Thou hast given me."
He said, "My child, I give good gifts and gave My best to thee."
I took it home and though at first the cruel thorn hurt sore,
As long years passed I learned at last to love it more and more.
I learned He never gives a thorn without this added grace,
He takes the thorn to pin aside the veil which hides His face.

1 comment:

Mark Redfern said...

Great, Justin. I got your message. I thought it was you when they told me it was "cross-eyed."