In Acceptance Lieth Peace

I was reminded of this poem yesterday, and recommended it to a friend.  Thought I might as well share it here.  It is written by Amy Carmichael and has been used  on more than one occasion to bring clarity and peace to a situation/test/trial I was in, and has blessed me tremendously.  I hope it does the same for you.

In Acceptance Lieth Peace

He said, ‘I will forget the dying faces;
The empty places,
They shall be filled again.
O voices moaning deep within 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 endeavour 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 tomorrow
Will to His son explain.’
Then did the turmoil deep within me cease.
Not vain the word, not vain;
For in Acceptance lieth peace.

Isn’t it awesome…and so right on the mark?  I just love it.  When I went to look for it to share on my blog, I found another, with the same title.  Ya think MAYBE God is trying to tell me something?

In Acceptance Lieth Peace

In acceptance lieth peace,
O my heart be still;
Let thy restless worries cease
And accept His will.
Though this test be not thy choice,
It is His—therefore rejoice.

In His plan there cannot be
Aught to make thee sad:
If this is His choice for thee,
Take it and be glad.
Make from it some lovely thing
To the glory of thy King.

Cease from sighs and murmuring,
Sing His loving grace,
This thing means thy furthering
To a wealthy place.
From thy fears He’ll give release,
In acceptance lieth peace.

—Hannah Hurnard

15 comments on “In Acceptance Lieth Peace

  1. Reblogged this on New Things and commented:

    I saw this post got a few hits in the past few days, and after looking through the comments, decided to reblog it. It is a good reminder, especially lately for me. Enjoy.

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  3. These two poems have been favorites of mine through the years, and I share them with others who are facing hard circumstances, like a friend who recently found he is facing brain surgery in the first of the new upcoming year (2018).

    Acceptance seems to help us open up to trusting the Lord and remembering that He has our best at heart, and it also allows Him to come into our lives to comfort us and bring us peace. I’ve experienced it so many times, and it’s something that has brought me closer to Him through the years. I have several serious, chronic medical issues I deal with, but when each one was diagnosed, I was able to take the diagnosis in and accept it and move on without anger or anxiousness. That is because the Lord prepared me by allowing me to go through difficult things throughout my life which taught me to trust Him and to know of the comfort and peace He brings to those who trust in Him. Those experiences built up both my strength and my faith so that I could accept what is.

  4. Thanks Lyn for sharing these two poems. I have a Christian friend who is struggling with Multiple Sclerosis and finding it very difficult to accept it. These poems may be just the thing he needs to help come to terms with his condition.

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