May 6, 2014

In Acceptance Lieth Peace

I stumbled upon this poem today by the missionary Amy Carmichael and thought about how fitting it is to the diagnosis of Down syndrome as well as so many life situations - I thought I'd share with all of you:

In Acceptance Lieth Peace - Amy Carmichael
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.

3 comments:

  1. I believe she wrote this after she was abruptly pulled from a life of action to a sickbed for the rest of her life. I had forgotten how powerful this is.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You're right! She had a disastrous fracture in her leg that left her bedridden and unable to walk for the rest of her life. I love her story and the faith she shows through it!

      Delete
  2. the 'peace' reminds me of what God is saying in the book of Hebrew ch.6 v.10..

    ReplyDelete