Saturday, April 24, 2010

When All the World Is Glittering



When all the world is glittering
With all that's new,
With all that's rich;
When mortal men are lifted up
And seem like gods,
And act like gods,
It's hard to se the one true God--
The highest One,
The nearest One.
The lesser brightness hides the best.
It hides the truth.
It hides the light.
So, thank you, Lord, for gloomy days
That show our need,
That show our sin.
Beyond the frowning gloom we find
The light of love,
The God of grace.

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
--Romans 8:28, ESV


Poem ©2008 James L. Swindle. Written February 26-27, 2006.

2 comments:

Ρωμανός ~ Romanós said...

"So, thank you, Lord, for gloomy days
That show our need,
That show our sin.
Beyond the frowning gloom we find
The light of love,
The God of grace."

Thanks, brother, for this fine poem and this reminder of the truth.

Jim Swindle said...

My brother, you're nearly always an encouragement to me. I thought of you today when I photographed an Orthodox church (Coptic Orthodox, as it turns out). I hope to post a photo of it one of these days.