In Honor of a Dear Suffering Birding Blogging Friend
This is a special page of this website initially in honor of our dear blogging birder friend Tiny of TinyLessonsBlog as we seek to comfort her through the dark night of suffering in her recent multiple losses, and as one tries to make sense and piece back together the shards of one’s brokenness. Our prayers and thoughts are with you dear friend. This page is for Tiny and others who may be experiencing the winter of the soul. This poem has comforted many of my suffering, as well as passing friends, and share it with you. It was a finalist for the International Poetry Competition 2002.
The most painful part of suffering is to not know why,
It searches out the heart of man and calls for a reply.
For in times of deepest sorrow we expose what lies within,
Unveiling with emotion the reality of sin.
It may be seen in anger or in drawing back in fear,
As rebels’ true expressions are expressed and so appear.
But it is in times of anguish that true faith in Christ is seen,
As the overwhelming peace of God encapsulates the being.
For our life is hid in Jesus who painfully paid our debt,
Who looked beyond His sufferings to His victory over death.
For it is as Christ’s own sufferings flow over to His sons,
That we can comfort others when such time of darkness comes.
So rejoice and count it blessing when these times of hurt come near,
For the Master Potter’s shaping earthen vessels that are dear.
It is to our advantage that like Christ we should endure,
As Patient God refines us in the fire from all impure.
So don’t despise these buffetings when it becomes your time,
But know your Father’s doing good so in His love recline.
Ashley Hewson 8/02/87
This clip has been in the past an encouragement to some bloggers, so I share it here…
Finally, there is hope in the midst of all loss, and this song I wrote at the loss of a passing friend expresses this in the best way I can…
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. ” = 2 Corinthians 1: 3
“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” – Deuteronomy 33:27
“He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart.” – Isaiah 40:11