Saturday, May 9, 2015

Faith - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I will not doubt, though all my ships at sea
    Come drifting home with broken masts and sails;
I shall believe the Hand which never fails
    From seeming evil worketh good for me;
And though I weep because those sails are battered,
    Still will I cry, while my best hopes lie shattered,
                                 I trust in thee.

I will not doubt, though all my prayers return
    Unanswered from the still, white Realm above;
I shall believe it is an all-wise Love
    Which has refused those things for which I yearn;
And though at times I cannot keep from grieving,
    Yet the pure ardour of my fixed believing
                                  Undimmed shall burn.

I will not doubt, though sorrows fall like rain,
    And troubles swarm like bees about a hive;
I shall believe the heights for which I strive
    Are only reached by anguish and by pain;
And though I groan and tremble with my crosses,
    I yet shall see, through my severest losses,
                                 The greater gain.

I will not doubt; well anchored in the faith,
    Like some staunch ship, my soul braves every gale,
So strong its courage that it will not fail
    To breast the mighty unknown sea of Death.
Oh, may I cry when body parts with spirit,
    I do not doubt, so listening worlds may hear it,
                                 With my last breath.             

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Five Books You (probably) Couldn't Pay Me to Read

You all know I'm a reader. My original intent of this blog was to write and post reviews of books I've read. I've done that, what, thrice now? :P As much as I love reading, and libraries, and dusty antique book stores, and shelves and shelves of books spilling everywhere, there are some books that will just never find their way into my library or my heart, regardless of how treasured or classic they are. 

Foxe's Book of Martyrs - John Foxe
It matters not how inspirational and exemplary the stories are. If torture is involved, I can't hack it. 

Moby-Dick - Herman Melville
Why yes, I'd love to spend 800 pages reading about a madman that's obsessed with killing a whale. It's metaphoric, you say? Even worse. 

Lord of the Rings/Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien
Don't get your knickers in a knot. I know this is the baby of the modern-day, ESV-loving Christian, but really I don't want to be associated with Tolkien, thanks. From what I've heard, he played with mysticism and helped confuse Bible translations, so yeah. And for that reason as well...

The Screwtape Letters - C. S. Lewis
I have issues with Lewis anyway, but then to read letters from the devil or his assistant or whatever it is seems downright weird. It might help to be reminded of the not-so-subtle demonic activity that surrounds us all the time, but I skimmed through the book and found numerous references that I don't need brought up in my current thoughts anyway. 

The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne
I watched an ancient movie once, and it was enough. I suppose I should've read it for school, but I chose other things instead. Just can't get myself to want to read it. 

 I'm sure there are more, but here are five. Wbu? Do you have any books you'll just never read?