String Bright the Gray

You are the lights
of the everyday world.
 
Signs that goodness is not
destined to be defeated.
 
But to shine you must daily,
Jacob-like, grapple with God.
 
Refuse to let go every time.
Every time wrest the wounding
 
heat from his hands so you can 
flare the old words worn smooth
 
and so string bright the gray with
your burning belief.
 
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21 Comments

  1. pastordt on October 22, 2015 at 4:39 am

    Oh, welcome back, John! So, so glad you and your lovely wife had such a good trip. But man, I needed these words tonight. Thank you, thank you.

  2. Jewels on October 22, 2015 at 4:56 am

    Breathtaking.

  3. Joy Lenton on October 22, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Beautiful, inspiring words! Lovely soul refreshing poetic offering. Thank you, John. ?

  4. Amy K. Sorrells on October 22, 2015 at 11:32 am

    love.

    • thebeautifuldue on October 22, 2015 at 2:28 pm

      Amy Sorrells? The novelist? Wow, thank you:)!

  5. grammasuet on October 22, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Thank you. So encouraging. And actually what I woke up thinking about in a much less elegant way.

    Sue Tell

    • thebeautifuldue on October 22, 2015 at 2:29 pm

      Sue, thanks for your comment. I’m glad the words encouraged you in some way.

  6. Michele Morin on October 22, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Bright words for a dark, northeast morning.
    Blessings to you.

    • thebeautifuldue on October 22, 2015 at 2:29 pm

      Rainy and cold here too, Michele. Thanks very much!

  7. Carol Durkee on October 22, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    John, I love this. If I source you, may I use this with my Prayer group?

    • thebeautifuldue on October 22, 2015 at 3:40 pm

      Sure, Carol!

      • Carol Durkee on October 22, 2015 at 4:01 pm

        Thanks so much!

  8. Morgan on October 22, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    I found your blog through Kara Tippetts’ blog many months ago and I’m so glad I did. Thank you for the reminder to have a Jacob-hold on God.

    • thebeautifuldue on October 23, 2015 at 11:42 am

      Hi, Morgan. Thanks for your comment. I’m glad you found your way here too.

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  10. eyesseetoo on October 23, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    On this gray and rainy day, what a wonderful reminder that He is the light in the everyday world so hang on tight to Him!

  11. Robert Benson on October 24, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    JOHN —

    Lovely piece. It turns I seem to be on the same page with you just now. Keep punching holes in the darkness, my friend, evidently that is how the Light of the world sneaks in among us all.

    NAMASTE —

    R. Benson 1001 Halcyon Avenue Nashville.37204 / 615.720.6838

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