Paradoxical TruthsMy friend Joey, who is continuing to fight his battle with liver cancer still continues to amaze and encourage me with his faith and poetry. The following poem, written just this morning, highlights the difficult to understand yet wonderful, paradoxical truths of the Christian faith. The rich are poor, and the poor are rich. God's power is made perfect in weakness. Death brings life. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Often when people have so much (which is where Joey was just a year ago), there is still yet a void that they don't seem to understand. It sometimes takes a loss and reaching the end of yourself to realize that what we really need is the Spirit of God filling us up in our heart, a heart that we so desperately want to control, but can't without His Spirit growing in us.
Filled With the Spirit
Oh void, oh emptiness, from whence do you hail
When health, wealth and happiness seem to prevail?
How can it be that something is lost
When abundance your way surely is tossed?
And love of a good wife secure by your side
With friends counting many there to provide?
But wait as a change of the tide harkens in
When health, wealth and future appear at the end
Now both void and emptiness slowly are filled
With God's precious love your heart is now sealed
And happiness and peace again do prevail
From ashes we're lifted our souls to set sail.