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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


A CHILD’S THOUGHT OF GOD – 15 February 2008
By Mary T. Hoffman

This poem, which I found in a book of poetry published in 1856, reminds me of Romans 1:20 of the Bible that says God’s “invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made…” Note these words in stanza IV below: “through all things made.”

By Elizabeth Barrett Browning
6 March 1806 - 29 June 1861

They say that God lives very high;
But, if you look above the pines,
You cannot see our God; and why?

And, if you dig down in the mines,
You never see him in the gold;
Though from him all that’s glory shines.

God is so good he wears a fold
Of heaven and earth across his face,
Like secrets kept for love, untold.

But still I feel that his embrace
Slides down by thrills through all things made, –
Through sight and sound of every place.

As if my tender mother laid
On my shut lips her kisses’ pressure,
Half waking me at night, and said
“Who kissed you through the dark, dear guesser?”

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