Pleasure and Sorrow

I read a poem today in Mitch Albom’s book, “Have a Little Faith”.  The poem was written by Robert Browning Hamilton:


                             “I walked a mile with Pleasure;

                             She chatted all the way;

                             But left me none the wiser

                             For all she had to say.


                             I walked a mile with Sorrow,

                             And ne’er a word said she;

                             But oh!  The things I learned from her,

                             When Sorrow walked with me.”


I do so much to pursue joy and pleasure and tie myself in knots trying to avoid pain and sorrow (as if I could), when all along God speaks, most plainly, in the pain – it is His Grace!


There is nothing wrong with joy and pleasure – only in a regular diet of them.  Like a steady diet of candy, soda and chips – it leaves you out of balance, weakened and vulnerable.


Father, I am not asking for more sorrow or pain, simply the grace and strength to meet it, when it comes, in Your Spirit!  And in the mean time, to experience true contentment with what I have and who I am!


Thank You for today!

-Pastor Ron Lott

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