The Suffering Soul
"For I am ready to fall, and my pain
is ever with me. I confess my iniquity, I
am sorry for my sin. Do not forsake me, O
LORD! O my God, be not far from me!"
"For one is approved if, mindful
God, he endures pain while suffering
For to this you have been called, because
Christ also suffered for you, leaving
an example, that you should follow
steps. He committed no sin; no guile
found on his lips. When he was reviled,
did not revile in return; when he suffered,
he did not threaten; but he trusted
who judges justly." (2)
"But far be it from me to glory except
in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by
which the world has been crucified to me,
and I to the world." (3)
Wood of The Cross
I drag my soul before Your throne:
Tattered by sin and torn by pain;
See my heart heave; hear my soul groan
Like grinding wood against the grain.
I fix my eyes upon the cross;
You absorb all my pain and grief.
When I bottom and all seems loss,
Your mercy rains healing relief.
Yet, scratched and splintered I remain;
A rough-hewn block of hardened wood.
The sanding will resume again --
But now I'll turn to see the good.
When I see love in sacrifice,
I find the strength to bear the pain;
In my weakness, grace will suffice:
I'm smoothed and polished with the
Look to the Lord in grief and loss;
Love conquers all upon the cross.
(c) Paul Buis, 2000
image (c) Tricia Of The Sacred Wounds Of Jesus, 2000
1. Psalm 38:17,18,21
2. 1 Peter 2:19,21-23
3. 2 Corinthians 13:14