Monday, November 15, 2010

A Thousand Whys

Monday's topic is grief. The process, the twists and turns, the questions, the conflicts, the hope . . . The poem today talks about our questions, struggles, and anger. Yet, in spite of them there is a "new, yet ancient, melody" of hope that brings our whole story together. In light of this poem, let me encourage you to meditate on Hebrews 10:36 - 11:40 and the part each of us plays in the script of eternity. God is with us.

A Thousand Whys

I look into the Father’s eyes
And wrestle with a thousand whys
Why this? Why now? Why him, not I?
The hurt, the rage, unbridled pain
Erupting from my soul, again.
If that’s the way it’s going to be
Then build Your Kingdom without me.

But then, again, where could I go
To hear a word of hope, and know
The promise that beyond the pain
The ballad has a glad refrain?
But what for now? And how can one
Still vocalize “Thy will be done”?

And soon I hear a song begin,
Celestial, but from deep within,
A new yet ancient melody
Of joy and pain, disharmony.
Or do the strains combine somehow,
A lovely paradox of sound?

Copyright, David B. Biebel.
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