Lord I wish for roses, perfuming my day,
For walking on a petal strewn path,
 would be such a happy way.
But, I find I don't have all I wish,
 at least not yet awhile,
For would You be desiring something better,
Found through a deeper trial.
Do you keep me from knowing all,
 for too much I can't contain,
Are You showing me there's greater  joy,
in learning faith through pain.
Are You letting me know a darkness,
 so I will seek Your light,
To search until I find You as the door,
to escape the gloom of night.
Will You allow me these limitations,
 so I can learn the more,
Just as a jewel will shine,
 when tumbled to remove every flaw,
In new challenges that descend,
 shall I find You of a truth,
Will I learn then how to trust Your love, 
rather than all I can and cannot do.
Would You let me struggle,
 to find the answers You can give,
And if I ask, will You bestow the wisdom,
 that I will need to live.
For if things don't come my way,
 will I learn a grateful heart,
To enter into a real joy,
for contentment that will last.
Is this key of gratitude,
 what turns the bad things into good,
So that troubles become a blessing,
 to grow just as I should.
For life is such a journey,
 I may feel betrayed,
But what understanding will I learn for others,
that are crying in the shade.
If it wasn't for the times,
 I learn my God is near,
I wouldn't know where to find the strength, 
with faith to persevere,
For everything I cannot know,
 gives me so much to learn,
And all the things I don't have yet,
Become an expectant hope to yearn.
So take me on Your path dear Lord,
 with Your roses all the way,
Shower me with the loving gifts,
 that You have planned today.
Give me from Your heart of love,
 all that You say to give away.
Shall I thank You for the heartaches Lord
for they are really Your bouquet.
Soft Whispers from
Derry's Heart Poems
2004 used with permission
Every good and perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights,
who does not change like the shifting shadows.
Consider it pure joy, my dear ones,
whenever you face trials of many kinds,
for you know that the testing of your faith
develops perseverance and perseverance
 must finish its work,
so that you may be complete not lacking anything,
 If you lack wisdom,
ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault.
James 1: 17, 2-5

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