Wednesday, November 8, 2023

The List

The List

We keep a list of thankfulness

and write the wonders down.

Not wealth, or fame, or worldly goods

or treasures we have found,

But memories of those we love

and beauty all around.

What then of heartache, pain and tears,

the suffering without rhyme

The gains we've lost, unanswered prayers

and swiftly passing time?

Are we to add them to the list,

these empty, hurtful whys?

Lord, if You were to make a list,

You who gave Your all.

Would pain and sorrow fill the page

remembering the fall?

Or would the joy of ransomed souls

make suffering worth it all?

We keep our lists, Lord, each of us

a mix of joy and pain

And then, by faith, we give You thanks

though questions still remain.

For You are good, and You are love

through every loss or gain.

Thinking about Thanksgiving