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OF SORROW AND JOY
© 7-20-05 by Steve Wessels
To the One Who suffered most

 


Thereís been so many crossroads that Iíve traveled through,

those times of my youthful whims when down those roads I flew,

the choices and the chances, the risks to win or lose,

the decades before kids and work held recklessness anew.

 

But now that time has flown away and my hair is gray

with newfound wisdom some will think Iím supposed to say

ďIíve lived my life to the full and have no great regrets,

Iíve traveled Ďround this great big world, there is no better set.Ē

 

Yet truth be told within this lull thereís so much sorrowed life

that bears retelling softly here within the silent strife.

Iíve seen that ads with all things hawked are circumstantial toys,

and read the place where Jesus said His sorrow was his joy.

 

It seems we have this awesome faith in our society

that life is fun, we wonít have pain, we have such great coffee.

Yet thru the decades of my work Iíve seen a different thing

of how divorce with childrenís harm reigns with sin-filled rings.

 

Of truth it seems that every one must face so many pains

and suffer oft the choice of sin, the evil, ugly reins

of others angry selfishness, of decades filled with dust,

like Job of old when allís been lost except a simple trust.

 

ďOf truthĒ I think He said that day, ďFreedom isnít freeĒ

you have to see great sorrow comes so swift, so naturally.

You have to choose to suffer great if you want to win

the souls of all affected by your ministry to sin.

 

If I perceive His choices true it seems Heís offering

to let me choose to suffer long if to Him Iíll bring

the host of those whoíll hear me tell of Him, the Holy King

whoíll choose the freedom of His love and worshipfully sing.

 

So now it seems I have to choose to toil for future joy

along the path that Iíve dreaded since I was a boy,

this road named Trust thatís now my task will be my offering,

the joy filled echo of His Holy love, eternity to sing.

 

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