What God Hath Promised

God hath not promised skies always blue,
Flower strewn pathways all our lives through;
God hath not promised sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.

But God hath promised strength for the day,
Rest for the labor, light for the way,
Grace for the trials, help from above,
Unfailing sympathy, undying love.

God hath not promised we shall not know
Toil and temptation, trouble and woe;
He hath not told us we shall not bear
Many a burden, many a care.

God hath not promised smooth roads and wide,
Swift, easy travel, needing no guide;
Never a mountain rocky and steep,
Never a river turbid and deep.

– Annie Johnson Flint

Beautiful Dream

I’ve dreamed about you a few times in the last decade. But none of those showed a happy you or a happy me.

But last night…last night was different. It was beautiful and magical in its awkwardness that it felt so real. It didn’t contain long conversations or happy laughs — things we never  shared in real life. In my dream, you and I were walking almost silently, our minds trying to figure out why we’re even there, side by side. But we knew we were happy.

I wish I didn’t have to wake up.

How do we forgive?

We forgive by remembering the good
The nice and beautiful
Things. Acts. Words.

We forgive by remembering the bad
And accepting them all
Slowly. Sincerely.

We forgive by remembering the in-betweens
The words unspoken, unheard
The sobs taken for granted
The “all good” when it’s all bad

We forgive by remembering
That we too have fallen short
Countless times
But were never denied of forgiveness.

We forgive by loving.

 

I’ve always loved sunrises. The way they create beautiful colours in the sky — the perfect blend of light and darkness as the sun gently pushes itself up. Sunrises used to be my reminder that everything’s going to be fine. That I’m going to be fine.

I never thought sunrises would ever create deep fear in me. The kind I have to endure every day.

I want to love sunrises again.

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Or maybe, I can focus on sunsets for now. They, too, signify something beautiful and powerful.