Monday Morning Poetry – Victory in Defeat

I recently wrote a blog on the beneficence of failure. In the post I noted how God uses our failures to teach us a number of lessons. I agree with William James: “Where God is, tragedy is only provisional and partial, and shipwreck and dissolution are not the absolutely final things.” In this sense, I agree with the words of the poem below, written by Edwin Markham, entitled, “Victory in Defeat”:

Defeat may serve as well as victory
To shake the soul and let the glory out.
When the great oak is straining in the wind,
The boughs drink in new beauty, and the trunk
Sends down a deeper root on the windward side.
Only the soul that knows the mighty grief
Can known the mighty rapture. Sorrows come
to stretch out spaces in the heart for joy.


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