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Monday, September 19, 2011

In the Midst of Trial

The recent fires in our community,which consumed 18,964 acres and demolished 76 structures, including 60 homes, and the extended drought in our state have prompted my further reflection upon James 1:2-4,12, which I am sharing with you in a haiku poem.

"Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing...Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. James 1:2-4,12"

God is in control --
Even in difficulty,
We trust His wisdom.

God does not ordain
Pain, hardship, and challenges;
He will permit them

To draw us closer
To Him and grow us in faith;
He plans for our good.

In ev'ry trial
God plans a character gem
To be grown in us.

Focus on His love
And provisions when we walk
The path of trial.

Trust and hope in Him;
Live each day in God's presence.
The Holy Spirit

Will comfort in pain,
Encourage when challenged,
Strengthen in weakness.

Strength is not always
Dramatically displayed
With power or force;

Sometimes strength is shown
By determined endurance
In times of trial.

Rejoice in blessings
That accompany suff'ring,
Knowing good will come.

As we are transformed
Into the image of Christ,
We'll reflect His joy.

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