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The Cost of Great Pain

Love's Uncertain Chances...

The Cost of Great Pain

The best is only attained 
At the cost of great pain
Like a perfect painting 
Left outside in the rain
Where a few seconds earlier 
It told stirring story
Before the thunderstorm 
Washed away all its glory

The legend of the thorn bird 
Says it sings its very best
While sharpest spine on the thorn tree
Presses against its breast
Its most beautiful final notes 
Come as it dies from impale
A last love song that out-carols 
The lark and nightingale

Sacrifice is such a loving act 
Of pure selflessness
Not to be interpreted 
As weakness or helplessness
For Christ yet died for us
In our sinner states of rue
Saying, “Father, forgive them, 
For they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34)

Therefore, I shall find my life 
Mixed with sunshine and great pain
The lost world is no consequence 
When God’s spirit is to gain
With empathy, I glimpse and see 
Hurtful circumstances
Such is the system of pain 
With love’s uncertain chances   
 

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Jill Tait

Awww Lovely words pinned as always from my lovable Cherie 💕💕💕

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Cherie Leigh

Hi Jill.  Thankful for your support.  Pain can have pretty powerful purpose and effects in the midst of its peak hurt....I am so honored that you pinned this one...Thank you. xo Love n Hugs 

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Katina Woodruff...

I like the opening lines: 

The best is only attained 
At the cost of great pain

For me, the pain is the regret inside. Feeling like you don't measure up with the ideologies set in practice of religious groups. I had been to a Baptist church, then to a nondomination church which fit my personality better. Although, I felt like there wasn't enough preaching at my new church. In the end, I pray every day, mainly while alone. In time, I hope to find the right church for me, where there will be preaching, there may be some thumping on the podium, and there may be great laughter for being dunked a third time, in holy water. I like how you weaved end rhymes throughout the poem. The quote about Luke, was a nice touch. Great job Cherie! 
 

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Cherie Leigh

Hi Katina.  Thank you.  I understand the disappointments and trials of finding a church you fit into.  I visited over a dozen before going regularly to the non-denominational one I am going to now...I want a deep sermon and beautiful moving music when I worship.  It is a very personal thing to find a church that feels like home.  I hope you find one that you feel the Holy Spirit calls you to.  The relationship with God is such a personal one.  He understands our pain and struggles in life...and that is what stirs my faith and keeps me enduring life's trials.  Thank you for your elaborate comments and support. xo ;)

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A Lonely Journey

Oh Cheerie, 
I think that's the most painful thing I've ever read(but beautifully written), because you're the nicest person I've ever met, and I know that pain all too well, and I hate to see it come from you, even more than my own. 
I think maybe God loves you so dearly that He is bringing you into His world, so He may have you close. 
Beautifully written poem. That first stanza is masterfully beautiful, and paints a beautiful picture in itself. So gorgeous, and sad, and yet, your wonderful heart still sees a light at the end of the tunnel. Beautiful faith. I learn from you, when mine fails. Thank you. 
You're a tremendously gifted writer, and just the greatest person. 
Very beautiful. 

Love and hugs always, 

Matthew. 

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Cherie Leigh

Hi Matthew, 
Thank you.  I think there is an underappreciated beauty in sadness...Sacrifice is a part of sadness, but one that shows selflessness and sometimes great purpose.  I do not understand the things of this world that I see that cause pain, but I would rather receive pain than cause it.  You are so sweet to say that you think God wants to draw me close....and I suppose if that means to suffer pain to achieve that, it is worth it.  I have been a very reflective mood of late and it is subconsciously coming into my poetry.  But I am glad you seem to like it.  Thank you.  Love n Hugs, xo ;)

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A Lonely Journey

You're welcome, Cheerie, thank YOU! 
Sadness is my middle name(it was going to be Phlapper, but my parents didn't know how to spell that), and I do love your poem. It's a wonderful piece of one of the most amazing people I've ever met, and I can sooooo relate. 
Stay awesome always, OK? 
Lurve, 
Matthew. 

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Cherie Leigh

Dear Matthew, I do not like to think of you in pain. However. You are an excellent example of someone who has been through alot of pain in his life and yet stays so loving because of what you have endured. You have a lot of compassion and empathy which I recognize out of your pain. Thank you for always understanding the heart of my rights and who I am. Pain is a part of life that can serve us when we understand it has purpose. XO :-)

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A Lonely Journey

Thanks Cheerie. 
I guess I don't completely understand the purpose. 
If there's one thing in life that makes it bearable, it's meeting nice people like you. Thanks for always being so great. 
Hugs, 
Matthew. 

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Cherie Leigh

I don't really know its purpose, but I just trust that it must!  Lol  It does help to know other people suffer in life too and we can rely on others to help us.  You are the best! ox ;)

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Greg Etsell

wow wonderful poem 
may ask how long does it
take for you to write poem 
do you frist write down somewhere
then add to how many days does
take write it if I were try to write poem
like this it would take me weeks 
just to try and be perfect like this poem

 

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Cherie Leigh

Hi Greg. Thank you. I use Microsoft Word and just type my poetry and keep it saved on my computer. I worked on this poem over the weekend and it took me maybe a couple of hours to have it the way I wanted it. I was in a very reflective mood thinking about how pain sometimes serves us to show Beauty in this world. The greatest love ever was through Jesus sacrificing his life for us all. Sacrifice is a part of pain which is ultimately an example of love. Thank you Greg for your ever supportive comments. I am so happy you like this one. XO:)

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Simon Bromley

I can't believe you get better with every write, every great piece of art that you muster and effortlessly conjure.  Excellent reading! 

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Cherie Leigh

Hi Simon!  Thank you!  I am so happy you liked it that well.  I write from my emotions, so this one came from a very reflective time this past weekend.  I am honored to have you read my work and comment.  I keep wanting to challenge myself to get better and better.  Your words made my day!  Thank you. xo ;) 

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Angel

Beautifully written angel

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Cherie Leigh

HI Linda...Thank you.  God showed us the ultimate sacrifice in the name of love, so why would we think that we will not be asked to make great sacrifices in our own lives?  Pain is a part of life and teaches us to appreciate the beauty of getting through it....even if it is a constant throughout our lives.  Love n Hugs, xo 

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Larry Ran

My Dear Cherie,

With love, comes pain and suffering
It started after Anno Domini had begun
When God, for all of humanity
Sacrificed His only Son

All my love,
Larry xxx

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Cherie Leigh

HI dear Larry....Exactly....Jesus said in John 15:13: "Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends."  With love there is sacrifice.  Thank you for your beautiful verses.  I appreciate your kind support. xo :)  Love n Hugs  

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