Tuesday, January 22, 2013

"The Treasures of Darkness"


"I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored

 in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord,

 the God of Israel, who summons you by name." Is. 45:3 NIV


Prior to a different season, a different suffering

many years ago, I was spiritually assured

that in Jesus I would have joy

irrespective of circumstances

It was true then. It's true now


This has been a most amazing

year and a half; an ingathering

of priceless treasures in deepest darkness


I've discovered more about God's faithfulness

and loving-kindness than I ever knew before

more about His promise to never leave or forsake me

more about His presence and the reality of His comfort


With my heart so heavy laden

He Who is acquainted with grief

sent ministering angels with vials of balm

As I stumbled through dim, shadowy valleys

He shone Light on my pathways

I received peace that surpasses understanding

unfathomable love, even boundless joy

and sweet intimacy with the Lover of my soul


Jesus has become more

my Heavenly Bridegroom

than I ever let Him be before

He is all I need


O beloved husband

I am certain of your intercession

for me behind Heaven's veil

I believe you are pleased

(and perhaps somewhat surprised)

at how I have fared here without you


Dear one, Christ remains our center

you, His bride in Glory

and I, His bride on Earth


Maude Carolan


This week I learned of two friends whose husbands passed away. Both were married for many years. I came upon the above poem, written in 2005, one and a half years after my former husband, Leo F. Carolan went to be with the Lord. God's loving faithfulness was deeply evident to me during bereavement. I pray that these two dear newly widowed friends will experience the same manifestivation of God's love and the peace that surpasses understanding.



I also wish to report that I attended the Inaugural Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. on Monday, January 21st. My pastor, Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, author of the NY Times bestseller, "The Harbinger", was the key note speaker. About 700 people were in attendance as Rabbi Cahn led us in prayer for our president, our nation, as well as for repentance and revival. It was a deeply profound presentation. God bless you, my pastor.


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