Two Questions, Two Answers

CJParticleOfLifeThe following is a poem I wrote a few years ago in the midst of a severe chronic illness. I still suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.

One of the difficult aspects of living with a chronic illness is waking up every day and feeling the disappointment of yet another day of dreams lost and hopes unfulfilled. In the ups and downs of an illness, sometimes the physical pain is worse than the tedium.

In my own thinking, as I work to improve my health and God willing recover, I still consider the possibility of hopes unfulfilled in this life. Freedom from suffering is not promised in Scripture while we are on this planet.

But that brings me to what any Christian’s hope is in this broken world. Peter writes that we have hope in an inheritance that will never perish, spoil or fade (1 Peter 1:4).

This is our very real hope in the gospels. In Romans 8:18, Paul also writes, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”

I found writing this poem very meaningful. I hope you find it meaningful reading it too.

TWO QUESTIONS, TWO ANSWERS

When will it come?
The humdrum of days,
strays the heart far,
mars the will bad,
clads the life ill.

Must now be raw?
Now claws the good life,
knifes the flesh deep,
keeps the pain sharp,
harps the worst parts.

The answer is then,
when second time does,
loves Christ his bride,
rides us to joy,
coy no longer.

The answer is yes,
mess that’s the world,
twirled with a curse,
worse but for Him,
grim suff’rer too.


BRYAN was in a math PhD program when he got sick with a chronic illness. Uncharacteristically, his illness inspired him to express his hope in Jesus through poetry.

chronic illness

Chronic Joy Ministry View All →

Radical hope. Compassionate change. Equipping those affected by chronic physical and mental illness through community and education rooted in Jesus Christ.

1 Comment Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: