Thursday, December 15, 2011

Day 23: Something You Need

Today I drew a picture that says, "I need faith." but even after more than 20 attempts to upload the picture, it still wouldn't work. At around the 15th time I thought, "Huh, how ironic that it is taking so many tries to upload this picture." But it stopped being ironic and got to be just plain annoying. So I had written that you were going to have to go out on a little faith and trust me that I did draw a picture, because I was so fed up with seeing "failed" stamped across the pictures. But something in me decided to check another place and there were 3 copies of this picture; whaddya know they actually did upload afterall! Yeah I need more faith.
If This Were Faith by Robert Louis Stevenson
God, if this were enough,
That I see things bare to the buff
And up to the buttocks in mire;
That I ask nor hope nor hire,
Nut in the husk,
Nor dawn beyond the dusk,
Nor life beyond death:
God, if this were faith! 

Having felt thy wind in my face
Spit sorrow and disgrace,
Having seen thine evil doom
In Golgotha and Khartoum,
And the brutes, the work of thine hands,
Fill with injustice lands
And stain with blood the sea:
If still in my veins the glee
Of the black night and the sun
And the lost battle, run:
If, an adept,
The iniquitous lists I still accept
With joy, and joy to endure and be withstood,
And still to battle and perish for a dream of good:
God, if that were enough! 

If to feel, in the ink of the slough,
And the sink of the mire,
Veins of glory and fire
Run through and transpierce and transpire,
And a secret purpose of glory in every part,
And the answering glory of battle fill my heart;
To thrill with the joy of girded men
To go on for ever and fail and go on again,
And be mauled to the earth and arise,
And contend for the shade of a word and a thing
not seen with the eyes:
With the half of a broken hope for a pillow at night
That somehow the right is the right
And the smooth shall bloom from the rough:
Lord, if that were enough!

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