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.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

"The Thorn"

A sweet friend shared this poem on her Facebook page this morning. I had learned of this verse a few years ago and had shared it here. It seems like a good morning to revisit...and Hermine passes through our corner of the world and as storms pass through the lives of some of our dear friends... 

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


  1. So much to ponder and pray about. Our pastor shared this quote from John Bunyan this morning on facebook.
    "Run, John, run, the law commands
    But gives us neither feet nor hands,
    Far better news the gospel brings:
    It bids us fly and gives us wings."
    ~ John Bunyan

  2. Thank you, dear Cheryl. Oh to see His face more clearly. Stay safe, my friend. ♥

  3. Whew! Such a difficult thing to do in the midst of pain and trials.

  4. Hope you are staying safe in the storm. A beautiful poem and reminder.


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