Loss and Gain
WHEN I compare
What I have lost with what I have gained,
What I have missed with what attained,
Little room do I find for pride.
I am aware
How many days have been idly spent;
How like an arrow the good intent
Has fallen short or been turned aside.
But who shall dare
To measure loss and gain in this wise?
Defeat may be victory in disguise;
The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Today was a day of thinking…thinking of how my life has shaken out. Having been blessed with 70 years of life, I realize first of all how quickly they have passed. My memories come and go at will, depending on the current of the days, sometimes bringing times of sadness and pain and other days of pleasure and simple joys. In my younger days, I used to think everyone was happy… but me. They were always smiling, laughing, seeming to have it made in life. In all reality, life is full of ups and downs for everyone.
This poem by Longfellow shows us that he also had many wondering thoughts about life. The last two lines offer hope for those who mourn, fret, and become besieged with depression and disappointment. Victory may be disguised in defeat but as the tide flows, so joy comes in the morning.
Today is one more step further down the road towards HOME. I’m looking forward to the great reunion in the clouds. In the meantime there is work to do. There are folks out there who need a helping hand, a smile, a hug or merely a kindly eye-to-eye look. We need to spread the seeds of encouragement to the widowed, the hungry, the poor and the children growing up in a meaner world than when we grew up.
Making a joyful noise to the Lord is an excellent means to lift our spirits. Sing praises to our loving God, for He is our heavenly father. It is true, some days it rains all night long, but the sun is rising on the horizon. Hope in the Lord!
©Jeanne E Webster