Truth Remains the Same

One of the great people I’ve met through my blogging adventures is a very talented poet named Dennis Lange. I was on his site the other day to read one of his original sonnets: “Fog Weeps.” As I read, and especially as I came to the last lines, I was touched by the power of the timeless truth he was depicting within that rigid structure of rhyme and meter.

I was reminded instantly of what the Word of God says of our lives: “For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appeareth for a little time and then vanisheth away.” (James 4:14 — a letter written about 2,000 years ago). And again the Lord reminds us: “As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.” (Psalm 103:15-16 – a poem from the days of the Old Covenant).

I was struck by the power of this more modern poem, written thousands of years after either of these verses from the Bible. Long removed from the days of the early church and even farther removed from the shepherd David, as he penned the words God gave him. But still today, in the age of high-speed automobiles, rockets that reach the moon and beyond, and computer technology that boggles the mind, the truth remains the same.

So I wanted to share Dennis’ poem with you. And then I want to share part of a poem written almost a century ago by a great evangelist named C.T. Studd. Because, just as “Fog Weeps” reminds us of how brief and transitory we are on this earth, C.T. Studd’s words help us to realize how valuable we can make our short lives, if we care enough to do so. Read “Fog Weeps.” Then come back to this note and read C. T. Studd’s words:

“Two little lines I heard one day,
Traveling along life’s busy way;
Bringing conviction to my heart,
And from my mind would not depart;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.”
Let that truth linger in your consciousness today: “Only one life; ’twill soon be past. Only what’s done for Christ will last.”

 

Read “Fog Weeps.” Then come back to this note and read C. T. Studd’s words: “Two little lines I heard one day, Traveling along life’s busy way; Bringing conviction to my heart, And from my mind would not depart; Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.” Let that truth linger in your consciousness today: “Only one life; ’twill soon be past. Only what’s done for Christ will last.”

The Bard on the Hill

Sonnet 19 – Fog Weeps

Fog weeps against my windshield as I drive;
It knows it is a wisp, a passing mist
That comes on suddenly but can’t survive
For long, past when the sun this earth has kissed.

We weigh its time against the length of day,
And find it transitory, short in span.
It is the sun that lasts, that rules, holds sway,
As fog morosely packs its caravan.

I weigh my years against the centuries,
And find I barely tip the cosmic scale.
I feel the sun, the heated, speeding breeze,
And sense the brevity of life, and wail.

I weep upon the windshield of the world;
I am a moment’s mist against it hurled.

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© Dennis Lange and thebardonthehill.wordpress.com, 2012.

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