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A Powerful Poem from Annie Johnson Flint

June 6, 2011

On the evening of Monday, May 30, Kathy Marcine shared the following powerful poem at the meeting of our Prayer Group:

I prayed for strength, and then I lost awhile
            All sense of nearness, human and divine;
The love I leaned on failed and pierced my heart,
            The hands I clung to loosed themselves from mine;
But while I swayed, weak, trembling, and alone,
The everlasting arms upheld my own.
 
I prayed for light; the sun went down in clouds,
            The moon was darkened by a misty doubt,
The stars of heaven were dimmed by earthly fears,
            And all my little candle flames burned out;
But while I sat in shadow, wrapped in night,
The face of Christ made all the darkness bright.
 
I prayed for peace, and dreamed of restful ease,
            A slumber free from pain, a hushed repose;
Above my head the skies were black with storm,
            And fiercer grew the onslaught of my foes;
But while the battle raged, and wild winds blew,
I heard His voice and perfect peace I knew.
 
I thank You, Lord, You were too wise to heed
            My feeble prayers, and answer as I sought,
Since these rich gifts Your bounty has bestowed
            Have brought me more than all I asked or thought;
Giver of good, so answer each request
With Your own giving, better than my best.

The poem is by Annie Johnson Flint, who lived from 1866-1932. I already knew and admired Ms. Flint’s work “He Giveth More Grace,” but I think I might like this poem even more. Ms. Flint’s biography and poems can be accessed at http://www.preceptaustin.org/annie_johnson_flint’s_biography.htm.

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2 Comments
  1. Pastor, Thank you for sharing this wonderful poem.

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