23. A Peace that Cometh after Sorrow

This poem is deep. I heard it first, quoted, from Darlene Deibler Rose in a recording of her speaking about her experiences in Japanese labor camps. Powerful. I think I am afraid to enter into such depths, nor do I understand the meaning of such words, as she did…

A Peace that Cometh after Sorrow
Jessie Rose Gates
There is a peace that cometh after sorrow,
Of hope surrendered, not of hope fulfilled;
A peace that looketh not upon tomorrow,
But calmly on a tempest that it stilled.
A peace that lives not now in joy’s excesses,
Nor in the happy life of love secure;
But in the unerring strength the heart possesses,
Of conflicts won while learning to endure.
A peace there is, in sacrifice secluded,
A life subdued, from will and passion free;
Tis not the peace that over Eden brooded,
But that which triumphed in Gethsemane.

3 thoughts on “23. A Peace that Cometh after Sorrow

  • February 4, 2018 at 4:25 pm
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    I love this poem..it has been a salve to my soul over the years..a comfort and encouragement as I have gone through sorrow and dark times..Bless God!!

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  • May 4, 2020 at 4:51 am
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    Amen. Deep indeed, borne from an experience of pain. Thank you for sharing. I, too, heard this quoted from Darlene Deibler Rose many years ago on a cassette tape from a program on Focus on the Family. I wish I could listen to that recording once again. It was a real blessing to me.

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