The Golden Chain of Blessings
Most churches in my denomination who follow the Lectionary will be listening to the reading of Romans 5:1-11 this Sunday as it is our Epistle reading for the day. I am giving permission for anyone who wants to reprint my poem based on Romans 5:3-4 in their bulletin or as an insert for your people to contemplate during the pre-service time. Pastors, also feel free to use this in your sermon if applicable.
“We glory in our sufferings, Because suffering produces perseverance; Perseverance, character; And character, hope.” – Romans 5:3, 4
We struggle through our sufferings,
we drown in currents of woe,
We all have stories of distress,
whose origin we may not know.
But determination will build slowly over time,
A glowing perseverance among our earthly grime.
It builds to a point we really do not deserve,
A city on a hill, a light, for all to observe.
Then finally, a promise catches us by surprise,
Blessings flow and gush right before our very eyes.
It’s a golden chain of blessings after all,
Suffering – perseverance – character – hope
Designed by the Master to help us cope.
It’s for our own good and in the end,
it will be understood.
Suffering was shared by Jesus,
the One who also once withstood.
So fear not, for the Holy Spirit is with you all the time,
Hang onto the hope and use it to get through the daily grind.
©2015, Steven Brown, Used with Permission