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The Way Of Suffering

by Carol Connell © 2021

How difficult it must have been
to pray "not my will, but thine",
to completely surrender Yourself
to a suffering that would confine
Your body to untold agony'
a struggle with every breath.
As blood spattered to the ground,
A journey was made to death.

You did pray if it were possible
for the passing of the cup,
Yet resigned that if God willed it be so,
that the bitter drink You would sup.
And with Your human will conquered
You offered the sacrifice
unselfish, perfect and holy.
You paid redemption's price.

And I, in my humanity
do tend to want to shrink back
from circumstances unpleasant
or things that would cause lack
of comfort, freedom or dignity,
fair weather, convenient ease.
Somehow it's very troublesome
to submit with bended knees.

Yet sometimes, if need be
Lord, You call us to suffer,
and from affliction and pain
You remove the buffer.
But if I am to walk in trust
As a Christian should,
I must remind myself that
all things work together for good.

So when those hard times come,
may I have peace in their arrival
and accept that this is the path
You have chosen to bring great revival.

I Peter 1:6-"Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations."
Proverbs 3:5,6-"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Romans 8:28-"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."

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