As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.




Friday, July 19, 2013

"The Thorn"

Thoughts to ponder for your weekend...read it slowly (aloud?) and let it sink in...

The Thorn
I stood a mendicant of God before His royal throne
And begged him for one priceless gift, which I could call my own.
I took the gift from out His hand, but as I would depart
I cried, “But Lord this is a thorn and it has pierced my heart.
This is a strange, a hurtful gift, which Thou hast given me.”
He said, “My child, I give good gifts and gave My best to thee.”
I took it home and though at first the cruel thorn hurt sore,
As long years passed I learned at last to love it more and more.
I learned He never gives a thorn without this added grace,
He takes the thorn to pin aside the veil which hides His face.
–Martha Snell Nicholson







4 comments:

  1. Ohhh now that is a challenging thought, though if it brings His own face into clearer view... ♪to added affliction, He addeth his mercy...♪

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  2. This is so deep, Cheryl....and powerful. xo

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  3. I agree...Thank you, I shall bookmark this one.

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  4. Wow!

    I like Vee's comment!

    Lots to ponder.

    Deanna

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