My Book of Uncommon Prayers: It Was Simple Then

A p r o n h e a d -- Lilly

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It was simple then–

no syllogisms, no apologetics,

no apologies,

just a “this is” and “the Bible tells me so,” and all the pieces fit.

. . . It was simple then when

happy ever afters were a dream, but still as real as

hope-talkers and wave-walkers, and

it was simple then.

But the pain came–body and mind–

and the years went;

and disappointments mounted and the time was spent

in piling up reasons to whine, and

it was hard to be thankful, but even more necessary;

and it was easy to lose those first passions while caught up in the busy busy of living.

. . . It was simple then when

worship was overflow and fellowship sweet–

before the commitment slammed headlong into this perseverance thing, and

it became more work than worship,

more hanging on than clinging to–and

it was so simple then.

Lord of my then and now…

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