Thus said the great Apostle,
Many years ago:
"I've learned the secret of being content
In any situation,
Whether poverty or plenty."
I, too, have been content in plenty,
In seasons of sweet friendship,
Of tea and books and restful sleep.
And I've been content in poverty,
With dirt floors and cockroaches
And just three pairs of clothes.
So why is it so hard to be content
In the gray expanse between,
Neither poverty nor plenty?--
Where comforts and blessings are multiplied,
But mixed with weariness, stress,
And unsought disconsolations--
I've more of poverty and more of plenty
Than I've ever had before,
But in all this much-ness, all this less-ness,
The Apostle's secret--
Abiding joy, deep-running peace--
Secretive still remains.
A Note to My Readers -
I've decided to remove my Sunday posts from the weekly cycle. Although I hope they've been of benefit to some of you, they are necessarily secondary to my regular work of sermon preparation each week. I've found that having that extra post to write simply added to the burden of my work. For those readers who would still like access to my weekly work in Scriptural exposition, I would ask them to access the podcasts of my sermons (available through a link in the sidebar), since that remains the primary form of my Bible teaching each week.