musings of a hopefilled soul

Source of Inspiration

I’m taking a Bible study for which I have had to do a  review my life events.  For each fifth of my life , I have to review my age, events that happened, where I was spiritually and ways I could look back and see that God helped me through those periods of my life.

Today I recalled a poem that many others have also cited as inspiration that helped them through some difficult times.  I think it is worth repeating as it reminds us that we can go on and that life is indeed a learning process with many hellos and good byes.

The poem was written by Veronica  A. Shoffstall in 1971.  It is called “After a While”  I would like to share it today in my blogspot.  May it help you all as it did me at a most difficult place in my life.


After a while you learn the sutble difference

Between holding a hand and chaining a soul,

And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning

And company doesn’t mean security,

And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts

And presents aren’t promises,

And you begin to accept your defeats

With your head up and your eyes ahead

With the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child,

And you learn to build all your roads on today,

Because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans,

And futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight.

After a while you learn

That even sunshine burns if you get too much.

So you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul,

Instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.

And you learn that you really can endure…

You really are strong,

You really do have worth.

And you learn and you learn….

With every goodbye you learn.

Author: Veronica A. Shoffstall

If you will allow Him, God can be that source of strength to help you through whatever you are facing today.  Be strong and take courage in God!

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