"I consider everything as loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord." (Philipians 3:8)
It's in the pain that mercy speaks loudest
It's in the pain that we truly grow near
It's in the pain that we hear the loudest
The voice of our Redeemer saying, 'Do not fear'
If the pain never comes our faith remains alone
If we do not suffer our faith is merely a word
If we never know loss, betrayal, or battle
If there was no struggle our faith would go unheard
An unlit candle does not shine until it's lit
An unlit fire will never give warmth until it burns
An unlit heart remains dark until if truly loves
And an unlit life will never shine until it yearns
Yearns to hear the Master say, 'Well done'
Yearns to hear His voice amidst the pain and strife
Yearns to touch the thing it cannot yet see
Yearns to know that from great loss comes true life...
Nothing truly matters without the surpassing greatness of truly knowing Christ.
And everything truly matters when you come to know the surpassing greatness of truly knowing Christ.
He is 'above all, and through all, and in you all.' (Ephesians 4:6)
"Light is always costly and comes at the expense of that which produces it. An unlit candle does not shine, for burning must come before the light. And we can be of little use to others without a cost to ourselves." (Streams in the Desert, April 26th)
Written by Anne Marie Hawke
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