In Acceptance Lieth Peace

Love this poem by 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 crown action upon action,

The stride 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 my door to pain.

Desire, thou doest 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 yet 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 him cease.

Not vain the word, not vain;

For in acceptance lieth peace.

~Amy Carmichael

(2 Tim. 1:8-10)

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