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Joy and Peace In Believing (A John Newton Poem)

29 Nov

Sometimes a light surprises
The Christian while he sings;
It is the Lord who rises
With healing in his wings:
When comforts are declining,
He grants the soul again
A season of clear shining,
To cheer it after rain.

In holy contemplation,
We sweetly then pursue
The theme of God’s salvation,
And find it ever new:
Set free from present sorrow,
We cheerfully can say,
E’en let th’ unknown to-morrow
Bring with it what it may.

It can bring with it nothing
But he will bear us through;
Who gives the lilies clothing,
Will clothe his people too:
Beneath the spreading heavens,
No creature but is fed;
And he who feeds the ravens,
Will give his children bread.

Though vine nor fig-tree neither
Their wonted fruit shall bear,
Though all the field should wither,
Nor flocks nor herds be there:
Yet God the same abiding,
His praise shall tune my voice;
For while in him confiding,
I cannot but rejoice.

 
 

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8 responses to “Joy and Peace In Believing (A John Newton Poem)

  1. SLIMJIM

    December 1, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Thank you for sharing this poetry

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    • Levi Thetford

      December 1, 2014 at 2:21 pm

      Youre the one who spurred me on these Newton poems so i will post them all in time, Lord willing.

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  2. brianwilliamsen

    December 1, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    ‘I cannot but rejoice’ – yes sir! Amen to that.

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  3. ropheka

    December 1, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    The part about the lilies and ravens is especially poignant to me.

    Be blessed in His blessed love

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  4. K. Q. Duane

    December 1, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    Reblogged this on It's the Women, Not the Men!.

    Like

     
  5. K. Q. Duane

    December 1, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    Reblogged this on It's the Women, Not the Men!.

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