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 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.