I heard this message on Walk in the Word with James MacDonald today.  I love messages like this… the words that seem to speak right to me and right to the need that God knows I need to address.

The beginning of the sermon talks about how God meets us where we are.  An amazing and satsifying concept all in itself.  But the part the spoke directly to me came a bit later…

The portion of James' message that I crumbled in tears to was dealing directly with the "Two Poems". 

This first poem is written byWilliam Earnest Henely, a humanist that committed suicide about 100 years ago.  Someone who belived in himself.


Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

The next poem is written by Dorothea Day, a Christian.

My Captain

Out of the night that dazzles me,
Bright as the sun from pole to pole,
I thank the God I know to be
For Christ the conqueror of my soul.
Since His the sway of circumstance,
I would not wince nor cry aloud.
Under that rule which men call chance
My head with joy is humbly bowed.
Beyond this place of sin and tears
That life with Him! And His the aid,
Despite the menace of the years,
Keeps, and shall keep me, unafraid.

I have no fear, though strait the gate,
He cleared from punishment the scroll.
Christ is the Master of my fate,
Christ is the Captain of my soul.


James goes on to say:

Each of us choose which of those expressions will be our heart and our life and how we will live and what our attitude will be.

What circumstance is God using to humble you right now?  How is He bringing you to your knees?  What terrifying uncertainty, what painfull situation? 

What circumstance is God using to bring you to a plce of humility before Him?


Can you hear this and say, "Yes God!  I KNOW I need You!  I know I need Your help!"

He WILL meet you where you are.





I just found out that one of my favorite people has sufferend a loss… Barb's (our aunt on Chad's side) father passed away this week.  Please, if you have a moment, say a prayer for her and her familys continued peace.  Barb is a dear Christian woman who has taught me so much about the Lord and I am so proud of her and how she has dealt with everything. 

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Reader Comments

  1. So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with your aunt and the rest of the family. May the Lord be with you tomorrow and Good Luck! 😉

  2. Thanks Tammy!  Your such a sweety.  Tomorrow is the big day.  I thank you for thinking of us!  Hope all is well with you and your cutie patootie bunch.  They must be so excited for Christmas!
    God bless-

  3. Hi Amanda, It is very hard to read that first poem. I cannot imagine life without God, my Savior Jesus Christ, and my Holy Spirit guide. Life has no hope outside of God. And each week I meet or hear of someone who chooses, willfully, NOT to follow God. It is one thing to ignore God’s love, or to search for meaning, but to actively refuse such a life of peace and grace through Christ is beyond my understanding. The second poem is a delightful response. If only all people could read them side by side and see Truth.

  4. William Ernest Henley did not commit suicide. He suffered terribly throughout his life, but he accomplished much. The poem “Invictus” was written while he was recovering from a lengthy hospital stay, during which his doctor was able to save his right foot from amputation — he had lost his left foot some year’s earlier as a result of tubercular arthritis. The poem was dedicated to his doctor. Rev. Rod Richards, in a sermon delivered on January 4, 2009 before his congregation at the Unitarian Universlist Church of Southeastern Arizona, said the following: “… what he claimed to master was not the circumstances of his life, but his responses to them. He continued on despite hardship. He retained hope dispite disappointment. As we face the challenges that await us, may we proceed in just suca a courageous fashion … and may we find support and encouragement from one another as we make our way.

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