Acceptance

In Acceptance Lieth Peace

He said, ” I will forget the dying faces;

The empty places,

They shall be filled again.

O voices moaning deep with me, cease.”

But vain the word; vain, vain:

Not in forgetting lieth peace.

He said, “I will crowd action upon action,

The strife of faction

Shall stir me and sustain;

O tears that drown the fire of manhood cease.”

But vain the word; vain, vain:

Not in endeavor lieth peace.

He said, “I will withdraw me and be quiet,

Why meddle in life’s riot?

Shut be my door to pain,

Desire, thou dost befool me, thou shalt cease.”

But vain the word; vain, vain:

Not in aloofness lieth peace.

He said, “I will submit; I am defeated.

God hath depleted

My life of its rich gain.

O futile murmurings, why will ye not cease?”

But vain the word; vain, vain:

Not in submission lieth peace.

He said, “I will accept the breaking sorrow

Which God to-morrow

Will to His son explain.”

Then did the turmoil deep within him cease.

Not vain the word, not vain;

For in Acceptance lieth peace.

-Amy Carmichael  (Toward Jerusalem)

Lord, grant me the strength to accept Your will for my life, and stop wrestling with You in vain.  Comfort and guide through the quiet storm where I don’t hear your voice.  Let Your peace pervade this discontented heart.  Amen.

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