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A Rose in Bloom: The Lord’s Love Does Consume

Rose in Bloom Inspirational Poem and eCard by Caroline Gavin of Purposeful Pathway Life Coaching

 

Rose in Bloom Inspirational Poem and eCard by Caroline Gavin of Purposeful Pathway Life Coaching

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Lovely rose,

Brilliant in bloom,

Beautiful vision

My heart to consume.

 

Lord Jesus, may I be

As one of these:

Beautiful, fragrant

Your heart to please.

 

As the soft bud

Emerging from earth,

May I stretch upward

To claim rebirth.

 

As the petals

Colorful and bright,

May my beauty grow

From Your luminous Light.

 

As the pattern

Of the petals ‘round,

May I circle about You,

Your love to abound.

 

As the fragrance of roses

Aromatic and sweet,

May my prayers rise to You

Lovely incense to greet.

 

As roses intertwine,

One next to another,

May my life bring joy

To sister and brother.

 

As amidst the beauty

Of the rose is the thorn,

May I recall Your agony,

The bitter Cross borne.

 

As the bloom withers,

As the petals do fall,

May I remember

Dust we are all.

 

As the rose petals

With earth become one,

May I recall the promise

Of You, God’s Son.

 

Eternal life we find

When to ourselves we die;

We become one with You

When flesh we crucify.

 

Glorious truth

Expressed in the flower;

Over death my Savior

Holds eternal power.

 

Die with Him I shall

To live with Him too;

He died with love for me –

What else can I but do?

 

Yes, I live for You, Master:

May I be to You a rose.

Fragrant and sweet,

As my love for You grows.

 

I recall always You:

Your pain on Calvary;

I envision always You:

Your agony in Gethsemane.

 

Lovely You are, Master

Loveliest of all;

Deepest of pain You embrace

To save me from the Fall.

 

As the soft bud, then,

Emerging from earth,

I stretch and embrace

You and Your Rebirth.

 

Lord Jesus, I vow to be

Ever as one of these:

Beautiful and fragrant

Your heart to please.

 

You are the loveliest Rose,

Brilliant in bloom,

Your love for me forever

Does my heart consume.

© 2012 Caroline Gavin
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Power of Pain

 Power of Pain

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A power to pain

Our LORD does give

Graciously to help

This life we live

 

In a fallen world

Of suffering great

Glory our pain

Can yet create

 

For God transforms

The cross to the crown

And uplifts the hearts

That are cast down

 

We see then value

In tears we do sow

To reap eternal joy

Beyond all we know

 

Seek pain, no, but

Embrace when it is near

For God doles it lovingly

Yes, this is clear

 

He knows what it is best

For our ultimate good

He knows how to mold

As we never would

 

Comforting it is then

To know that pain

Will yield sweet flowers

After the falling rain

 

So rejoice in all things

Even in trial

Trust in God’s love

Sing and smile

 

Eternal and precious

Treasures do await

Beyond the pearly doors

Of Heaven’s Gate

 

And dishearten not

When pain you find

Brief it is and soon

To be left behind

 

Fix your eyes instead

On the crown in store

Focus on Heaven

Each day more

 

For a power to pain

Our LORD does give

Graciously to help

This life we live

 ~*~

© COPYRIGHT 2011 Caroline Gavin 

How have you experienced the power of pain in your life?

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