Words from Amy Carmichael

I’ve been meaning to share the work of the wonderful missionary and poet Amy Carmichael with my readers… I hope you all enjoy this poem.  If you like this one, you should order her book of poetry, ‘Toward Jerusalem’.  Love you guys!

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In Acceptance Lieth Peace

 

He said, “I will forget the dying faces;

The empty places,

They shall be filled again.

O voices moaning deep within me, cease;”

But in vain the word; vain, vain:

Not in forgetting lieth peace.

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He said, “I will crowd action upon action,

The strife of faction

Shall stir me and sustain;

O tears that down the fire of manhood, cease.”

But vain the word; vain, vain:

Not in endeavor lieth peace.

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He said, ” I will withdraw me and  be quiet,

why meddle in life’s riot?

Shut be my door to pain.

Desire, thou dost befool me, thou shalt cease.”

But vain the word; vain, vain:

Not in aloofness lieth peace.

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He said, “I will submit; I am defeated.

God hath depleted

My life of its rich gain.

O futile murmurings, why will ye not cease?”

But vain the word; vain, vain:

Not in submission lieth peace.

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He said, “I will accept the breaking sorrow

Which God tomorrow

Will to His son explain.”

Then did the turmoil deep within him cease.

Not vain the word, not vain;

For in Acceptance lieth peace.

 

-Amy Carmichael

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