Friday Haiku

Haiku Friday

So much crying here,

Sorrow beyond description.

Can this pain be eased?

In my sphere of life

I do what I can to help,

Reaching out to some.

God cares: This I know.

In His time, makes all things right.

Looking up, I’ll hope.

Sometimes I get to thinking about one sad thing after another. My daughter Laura told me about a truck driver whose vehicle slid on the icy roads where they live. His vehicle went off the overpass, and the poor guy died a fiery death, leaving behind his wife and children. We truly live in a vale of tears. Unborn children have life snatched away from them at the behest of their mothers. Children who make it to birth are sometimes unloved and neglected. Children who are loved are sometimes orphaned.

I believe what the Bible teaches, that all of this wickedness and misery resulted from mankind turning from God. It should not surprise me that trouble abounds here below. The Westminster Shorter Catechism, question 19, asks, “What is the misery of that estate whereinto man fell?” The answer given is: All mankind by their fall lost communion with God, are under his wrath and curse, and so made liable to all miseries in this life, to death itself, and to the pains of hell for ever. (Scripture verses cited for this answer are Genesis 3:8,10,24, Ephesians 2:2,3, Galatians 3:10, Lamentations 3:39, Romans 6:23, and Matthew 25:41,46.)

But, thank God, that is not the end of the story. Question 20 of the Shorter Catechism asks, “Did God leave all mankind to perish in the estate of sin and misery? The answer is: God having, out of his mere good pleasure, from all eternity, elected some to everlasting life, did enter into a covenant of grace, to deliver them out of the estate of sin and misery, and to bring them into an estate of salvation by a Redeemer.

When I remember that God cares, that He has provided a real escape from this sorrowful valley, where even the most beautiful, productive life ends at last in death, then the tightness in my throat eases, and I am able to draw a deeper breath.

Here are a couple verses I find comforting, Matthew 6:33,34: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

For more Haiku, visit Jennifer over at Playgroups are No Place for Children and Christina at A Mommy Story.

8 Responses to “Friday Haiku”

  1. Toni says:

    A great haiku about a terrible accident. How kind and Jesus-like of you to empathize with this family.

  2. This haiku, like mine, is so sad.. But, your post after it, Joyce, is so perfect and so thorough. I must come back again-later-to read again!!

  3. storyteller says:

    This accident and the terrible tornados are hard to “process” … we pray for all those affected as we seek to understand. Powerful Haiku and post. Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs and blessings,

  4. melissa says:

    life is so fragile. that’s why we should live life to it’s fullest!!
    wonderful haiku!

  5. Kathryn says:

    Beautiful haiku and post. Life can be so sad. We must cherish every single moment!

  6. Joyce says:

    Thank you all for contributing further thoughts about suffering in this life, and how we respond to it.

    It’s so hard to know what to do, sometimes, when you see others suffering and want to help. We can’t alleviate sorrow for everyone, but one thing we can do is care. I love the following verse:
    Romans 12:15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.

  7. We have differing catechisms, but I firmly believe good things can come from bad ones.