Inspiration: The poem, “Pain and Promise,” explores pain as an unavoidable part of the human existence; there is much of it to be found in any and every nation and culture under heaven. Since it is so easily experienced and by so many, I conclude that pain has a purpose. The poet, Kahlil Gibran, writes, your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain. King Solomon, credited as the wisest man who ever lived, equates our increasing knowledge with increasing pain. Ecclesiastes: 1v 18: NASB Because in much wisdom there is much grief; and increasing knowledge results in increasing pain. But God also gives us the promise of His Grace even in our pain and He says, actually, that is enough! My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. 2 Cor: 12 v 9. The trick is to focus on the power, the promise, the triumph and grow. Blessings.
Theme: Growth, Pain, Triumph
Pain and Promise. If I had known the tears I would cry, And have no understanding of why, Or known the heartache and pain, And for all of it be able to see no gain, If I had known the price I would pay, I would have elected to stay just as I was. But a source of Power much greater than I, Knew that I could touch the sky, Knew that pain would turn the key, And knew the life I had known could no longer be, For through the pain smashing wide apart, Came understanding and then joy to my heart. From just as I was to just as I am, And I still don’t understand, That hand of grace that brought me to this place, For deep in the soul there is a memory, Of who this girl used to be, And then there’s a promise of yet more to see. Onward, forward, Forgetting the pain, Holding on to the promise, Letting go of the past, Yearning to see with maturity, Who this girl will grow to be. Poetry by Estelle M Deshon.©