These Days

The Message (MSG)


That’s why I don’t think there’s any comparison between the present hard times and the coming good times. The created world itself can hardly wait for what’s coming next. Everything in creation is being more or less held back. God reins it in until both creation and all the creatures are ready and can be released at the same moment into the glorious times ahead. Meanwhile, the joyful anticipation deepens. -Romans 8:18-21

These Days:

These days can crush the weighted soul

Or the weight can make us strong.

They can make us weep or simply cry

As we fall down or carry on.

We can learn to rise above these days

Or we can choose to walk away

We can utter words of hope and peace

Or let the bitterness hold sway.

These days are filled with graceful things

To remind us from where we have come.

And when we see the beautiful things

We can learn to walk in love.

There are lonely roads to walk these days

And times we know the ones

Who walk beside and hold us up

‘Til our battles we have won.

But still the war will rage these days

And weariness – a friend

Won’t rob us of the joy we claim

Though we long for battle’s end.

We’ve choices now to make these days

And time will show our choice:

Will we walk in beauty and in Light

And give these days a voice…

A voice that sings the song of love

When ended begins again

A song of freedom, grace, and truth

That echos this: LOVE WINS.

A. L. B.

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