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It's Only After

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[size=18]It's Only After[/size]

Roses are so beautiful that we forget that thorns cause pain.
We often forget that rainbows only come after the rain.
Sometimes the sun is hidden when storm clouds are in view.
It's only after the rose is picked that it will bring great joy to you.

It's only after the storm subsides that peace comes to calm the seas.
It's only when the light turns on that the shadow suddenly flees.
Sometimes we only learn to appreciate the light,
After walking through the darkness in what seems like blackest night.

It's often only when you miss someone that their worth is realized,
For iron sharpening iron is a blessing in disguise.
You may lose your dearest friend, yet there will always be another;
Still, Jesus is the best of friends that sticks closer than a brother.

It's only when you see you're lost that you truly can be found.
It's when you admit your poverty that Christ's riches can abound.
It's only in losing yourself that you find life's joy at last,
And sometime in the future the Lord will heal the past.

It's only after you pray in faith that the peace of God transcends,
And only after your faith is proved does the trial come to an end.
It's only in surrender to the Lord that brings end to inward strife.
It's only after dying that we rise to endless life.

It's only after travailing that comes the joy of a child's birth.
Only after the tribulation comes the new heaven and new earth.
Only after a seemingly endless night comes the dawning of the day.
It's only in eternity that the former things are passed away.

It's only after the sorrow ceases that comes the soothing of the pain,
And just before the darkness passes that the Morning Star shines again.
After the tests and trials are done the Father wipes all our tears away,
And we'll live with Christ, our Saviour, in eternity's endless day.

August 29th, 2000
Jerry (Gerald) Bouey and Angela Trenholm

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Natasha, go right ahead! I post them so they will be a blessing and encouragement to others.

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