Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Good Friend, Find Peace

"Peace... It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart." ~ Unknown

I was having a tough time a couple years back when my family was dealing with my mother's cancer (she's in remission now, thank God). During that time, there was a period when I was consumed by the fear of the unknown. It was like a raging fire preying on a dry wood. All the stress and the wringing of hands left me frayed and unraveled. My behavior surely wasn’t bringing me peace.

But then one day at work I was given this distinct clarity; it was as if it just washed right over me, and as a result, I sat down and wrote a poem to myself in about five minutes. To this day, I come back to it from time to time, and it gives me solace. I hope—if you feel a heavy burden or are worrying about something big—that you find solace in these words too. Because, good friend, you can search out peace in all things. It’s right there waiting for you to claim it. And God reminds us that even the birds in the sky are cared for... So how can He ever forget about us? If that doesn’t bring peace to a restless soul, I am not sure what will. Please enjoy.

"Good Friend"
K.A. Phinney


Good friend,
Stop in the midst
Of your heartache
And have foresight
To know
That the over soul
Is bigger than you,
And everything
Under the sun
Will work out
Just as the rain covers
The thirsty savannah
In the midday sun.

Your troubles grow heavy,
I know.
I carry them too,
But friend
You will find
Peace tonight
If you take time
To take it all in,
All that is good
All that is just,
All that is right.
For even the birds
Of the sky
Are cared for,
So you too
Shall find peace
Inside of your angst
Tonight.

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