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Monday, January 14, 2019

Your Dying Spouse 567 - Die To Live, And Live To Rise

Not doing so well, a lot of chest and bone pain, and it's really distracting.

I hope you don't mind that I recycle a comment I left on another blog.

I wrote this sonnet for Joe Siccardi's marvelous post Dear Lord, which appeared on his masterful blog Wisdom From A Father.

Out of the soul’s dark bloody night

where death-wind blows from ultima thule

I ask only strength of a righteous fight
that will carry my soul past the pool
of black despair, and swimming, part
Bunyan’s Slough of Despond; t’isn’t the muscle
of my limbs, nor the iron in my heart
nor manic energy focused in tussle
can drive me through the dark places
that try to crack my brittle soul
with their moans and demon-faces;
there’s only One who keeps me whole.
When I put on Christ, it’s His strength I borrow
that bids me rise, and meet tomorrow.

Music from Soundgarden, with Live To Rise.

Thanks to Carol Ashby, Blessed Are The Pure Of Heart is back on Kindle, and will be available in paperback soon.

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  1. When I put on Christ, it’s His strength I borrow
    that bids me rise, and meet tomorrow.

    Brilliant life, right there. Praying Andrew. Everyday.

    1. Jane, thank you so much...and you are in our prayers.

      Every day.

  2. Wow.
    Powerful words that will live forever!
    Praying in Texas,

    1. ((((((Annie!)))))))

      Thank you so much!

      Prayers are very appreciated. Rough days.

  3. Beautiful! That poem should become a classic.

  4. That is a beautiful sonnet, friend. Thanks for the reminder that our true strength comes from Jesus.

    I loved this line:
    When I put on Christ, it’s His strength I borrow
    that bids me rise, and meet tomorrow

    Praying for you!

    1. Jeanne, I'm so glad that you found something that resonated here...that means a lot, and makes the effort so worthwhile.

      Prayers are super-appreciated. These days are so hard now.

  5. Stunning...
    Prayers for you today, brother.