Wednesday, November 12, 2008

When Pain and Faith Collide

When pain and faith collide
The one absorbs the other.
But not without an impact
That shakes us to the core.

We walk as if omnipotent
Forgetting that we’re frail.
Until that faithful moment
We’re broken, hurt, and sore.

It can come in many ways,
But never goes unnoticed.
As with perfect strategy
It weakens where we’re strong.

Our thoughts become unclear
When hit while unaware.
And brings to mind our sins,
As we barely scrape along.

Then in our shaken voice
Our faith lets out a groan.
And thunders cross the heavens,
As by Him it’s supplied.

For faith is the power
That overcomes the world.
And the one absorbs the other
When pain and faith collide.

-Doug Eaton-



At Friday, November 14, 2008 4:11:00 PM, Anonymous john said...

What are your thoughts about being a living branch of the True Vine?

At Friday, November 14, 2008 11:09:00 PM, Blogger Doug E. said...

Hey John,

Not sure exactly what you are asking, but I certainly think we are to abide in Christ who is the true vine.


At Saturday, November 15, 2008 6:27:00 AM, Anonymous John said...

Greetings Doug,

The teaching underlying this poem is excellent and beautifully expressed by you and very necessary for the world to receive. We are to have faith in the midst of our pain and that pain will indeed be overcome by the answer that always comes to us when we hold fast in faith. We are to realize that even in the midst of what is happening, our Lord is with us and will see us through. This is what I meant to point out in our being living branches of the True Vine. Life is only possible in cleaving to the Source of Life itself which is God. When we turn in faith to the Source of Life, in the midst of the appearance of our pain and suffering, we are delivered and the captive is set free. This brings to mind the wonderful teaching of the apostles on a ship in the midst of a storm. They have Jesus sleeping on the ship with them, but their eyes are upon the appearance of the storm. They are filled with fear about what this storm will do to them and how it can break the ship and end their lives. They are in pain and they cry out in fear. As this occurs, they come to themselves and remember that Jesus is sleeping peacefully on the ship with them. They then turn from the appearance of the storm and what they believe that storm will do to them and rouse Jesus to wake and calm them. In His waking, the Son of God speaks the Word, "Peace, Be Still" and the appearance that caused such fear vanishes in the blinking of an eye and the captives, held captive to their fears, are set free and they have life in abundance for they have turned back from the Far Country of dwelling solely in the appearances of the world and have turned to Him who has overcome the world so that they now have more life as the living branches of the True Vine.

Yours in the Love of Christ,


At Saturday, November 15, 2008 9:09:00 AM, Blogger Doug E. said...


Very well said. I agree.



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