(The Dark Night, book II: chapter 11-12)
"I will bring the one third through
fire, and I will refine them as silver is
refined, and I will test them as gold is
tested. They shall call upon my name, and
I will hear them. I will say, 'They are my
people,' and they shall say, 'The LORD is
my God.'" (40)
Forging Her Will
The fragments of her affections,
He gathers from where'er they lay;
The furnace of her afflictions,
Burns the impurities away.
Her Craftsman, with the greatest skill,
Extracts fragments of love from dross;
He forges her singular will,
In the dimensions of the cross.
His love unites heart, mind, and soul;
With all her strength, she serves His will:
This great commandment is her goal;
The zeal to serve provides her fill.
A tension of passion and purge,
Maintains her will beneath the flame.
In this furnace of plunge and surge,
The cross of Christ's her only claim.
Beneath the cross, she looks above;
Forged in the Living Flame of Love.
May the Divine Craftsman teach us to love
and embrace Him with all our strength through
the cross He has fashioned for us.
40. Zechariah 13:9
(c) Paul Buis, 2004