When Your Heart Is Pierced With Pain

The Thorn Bird

Once I heard a song of sweetness,
As it filled the morning air,
Sounding in its blest completeness,
Like a tender, pleading prayer;

And I sought to find the singer,
Where the wondrous song was borne;
And I found a bird, quite wounded,
Pinned down by a cruel thorn.

I have seen a soul in sadness,
While its wings with pain were furled,
Giving hope, and cheer and gladness
That should bless a weeping world

And I knew that life of sweetness,
Was of pain and sorrow borne,
And a stricken soul was singing,
With its heart against a thorn.

You are told of One who loved you,
Of a Savior crucified,
You are told of nails that held Him,
And a spear that pierced His side;

You are told of cruel scourging,
Of a Savior bearing scorn,
And He died for your salvation,
With His brow against a thorn.

You “are not above the Master.”
Will you breathe a sweet refrain?
And His grace will be sufficient,
When your heart is pierced with pain.

Will you live to bless His loved ones,
Though your life be bruised and torn,
Like the bird that sang so sweetly,
With its heart against a thorn?

~ by an unknown poet

This poem, although tinged with sadness, has a message that resonates in the heart of a Christian. The poet compares a bird pinned down by a cruel thorn with Christ pinned to a cross by cruel nails at Calvary. Yet the “song of sweetness” is the message here, it is not the sadness of Christ’s crucifixion. The blessings that poured forth from Christ’s sacrifice are likened to the sweet song of the bird, in spite of its deep pain.

The crucifix was the prelude to the greatest event in human history, Christ’s resurrection from the dead. Christians around the world have been singing of this event for over 2,000 years.  When He rose on the third day, after taking on His shoulders the weight of the sin in the world, He did so out of love for us. It is true there is great suffering in this world, yet will we not look for ways to be a blessing to others in the midst of it? Can we not, in our suffering, sing out a sweet refrain?

We pray that you will find in your heart room for others, even in the midst of suffering or loss.

Photograph by John J O’Leary

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