Saturday, November 25, 2006

God's Shaping Process

The hammer of thy discipline, O Lord
Strikes fast and hard. Life's anvil rings again
To Thy strong strokes. And yet we know 'tis then
That from the heart's hot iron all abroad
The rich glow spreads. Great Fashioner divine,
Who spareth not, in Thy far-seeing plan,
The blows that shape the character of man,
Or fire that makes him yield to touch of Thine,
Strike on, then, if Thou wilt! For Thou alone
Canst rightly test the temper of our will,
Or tell how these base matals may fulfil
Thy purpose - making all our life Thine own.
Only we do beseech Thee, let the pain
Of fiery ordeals through which we go
Shed all around us such a warmth and glow,
Such cheerful showers of sparks in golden rain,
That hard hearts may be melted, cold hearts fired,
And callous hearts be taught to feel and see
That discipline is more to be desired
Than all the ease that keeps us back from Thee.
-author unknown


Anonymous said...

Is that a picture of Jaime?Monica

Andrea said...

No, but it's of the man Jaime apprenticed under.

Alyssa said...

What a great poem! There are concepts in it I've never thought of before. Thanks for sharing it - thanks for your comments on my blog too! Now, I know I'm not the only one who posts long comments. :o) I'm always glad to know that people are reading it and being encouraged by it.