Thoughts on a Friday

A clump of palm trees on a rocky point at the edge of the ocean

from The Eternal Goodness

by John Greenleaf Whittier


…Who fathoms the Eternal Thought?

Who talks of scheme and plan?

The Lord is God!  He needeth not

The poor device of man….


I see the wrong that round me lies,

I feel the guilt within;

I hear, with groan and travail-cries,

The world confess its sin.


Yet in the maddening craze of things,

And tossed by storm and flood,

To one fixed trust my spirit clings;

I know that God is good!…


I know not what the future hath

Of marvel or surprise,

Assured alone that life and death

His mercy underlies.


And if my heart and flesh are weak

To bear an untried pain,

The bruised reed he will not break,

But strengthen and sustain.


And so beside the Silent Sea

I wait the muffled oar;

No harm from Him can come to me

On ocean or on shore.


I know not where His islands lift

Their fronded palms in air;

I only know I cannot drift

Beyond his love and care….


Shadows of palm fronds on the beach at the edge of the ocean

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