Sunday, September 17, 2017

Right to Write

I want to write … as I have written
since my teen letter-writing years. 
I want also to read, but of the writing of books there is no end.

But I have read all my life and time is fast flying, passing me by more rapidly than ever before.
It is passing fast and there are activities to which I must attend as I find my way into the new life I now have 
... after seventy years of two walking as one.

Now that she has taken her long flight to her eternal home,
I must do which is most natural to me … and that is write.
But tonight I'm satisfied to ponder Ella Wheeler Wilcox's
well known verse, "I Will Not Doubt".

I don’t write poetry but that does not prevent my taking pleasure in her verse
so beautifully crafted. What is right for me today, is write where I am at this moment in time and
this is what she concludes:
I Will Not Doubt:
Though all my ships at sea come drifting home with broken masts and sails
I shall believe the Hand which never fails
From seeming evil worketh good to me.
And though I weep because those sails are battered,
Still will I cry when, my best hopes lie shattered,
“I trust in Thee”.

I will not doubt though all my prayers seem to return unanswered from the still white realm above
I shall believe it is an all-wise Love which has refused those things for which I yearn.
And though at times I cannot keep from breathing
Yet the pure ardor of my fixed believing,
Undimmed shall burn.

I will not doubt
Though sorrows fall like rain and troubles swarm like bees about a hive
I shall believe that the heights for which I strive are only reached by anguish and by pain
And though I groan and tremble with my crosses I yet shall see through my severest losses
The greater gain.

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