Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Reasons Why

Mrs. Mildred, over at Mildred's Menagerie ( ), inspired me to quote a poem today.

This poem was quoted in at least 2 of Corrie Ten Boom's books that I remember. (For any not familiar with the story, Corrie and her family hid Jews during the German occupation of the Netherlands, and were eventually caught and imprisoned.) She said she did not know who wrote it, so if anyone has any further knowledge of it, let me know and I will give the appropriate kudos.

My life is but a weaving
Between my God and me.
I do not choose the colors;
He weaves it carefully.
Sometimes He chooses sorrow,
And I in foolish pride,
Forget He sees the upper,
And I the underside.
Not till the loom is silent,
And shuttles cease to fly,
Will God unfold the canvass
And explain the reasons why.
The dark threads are as needful
In the skillful Weaver's hands
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned.

When she spoke, Corrie would often demonstrate this principle by showing first the tangled and unlovely back side of a woven tapestry, then turning it to show a lovely crown on the front.

There is a reason why. We just don't know it, yet.

Today is:

Brussels Lace Day

Chocolate Cake Day

Family Literacy Day

Holocost Memorial Day

National Activity Professionals Day

National Compliment Day

National School Nurse Day

Punch the Clock Day

St. Angela Merici's Day

Anniversaries Today:

The University of Georgia is chartered, the first state university in the US, 1785
The first sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, is founded at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, 1870

Birthdays Today:

Jennifer LB Leese, 1970
Patton Oswalt, 1969
Bridget Fonda,1964
Cris Collinsworth, 1959
Mikhail Baryshnikov, 1948
Nick Mason, 1944
Troy Donahue, 1936
Donna Reed, 1921
David Seville, 1919
Skitch Henderson, 1918
Jerome Kern, 1885
Samuel Gompers, 1850
Lewis Carroll, 1832
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1756

Today in History:

Trajan becomes Roman Emperor, 98
The Rashidun Caliphate ends with the death of Ali, 661
Song Dynasty General Yue Feiis wrongfully executed, 1142
Dante becomes a Florentine political exile, 1302
The first American lime kiln begins operation in Providence, Rhode Island, 1662
Mustafa II becomes the Ottoman sultan in Instanbul, 1695
Czar Peter the Great sets the first Russian state budget, 1710
Abdication of Stanislas, the last king of Poland, 1736
The US Congress approves the opening of Indian Territory for settlement, which led to the forced relocation of Native Americans on the "Trail of Tears," 1825
Manitoba and the Northwest Territories are incorporated, 1870
Thomas Edison is granted a patent for the electric incandescent lamp, 1880
The National Geographic Society is organized, in Washington, D.C., 1888
"Tarzan of the Apes," the first Tarzan movie, premiers, 1918

1 comment:

  1. My sister is very well read on Corrie Ten Boom, but I do not remember seeing this verse before. It is just beautiful. It really paints a picture with the words.
    I've been meaning to tell you that I heard from Meme at A Walking Widow blog over the weekend. Just a very brief note that she had been hospitalized for 42 days due to chemo treatment and is now traveling 100 miles to get radiation. She said she is VERY weak. I thought you would want to know. Her blog is where I found your blog!
    Have a good afternoon and thanks for your visits to my blog and for the kind comments.


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