Irenic Thoughts

Irenic. The word means peaceful. This web log (or blog) exists to create an ongoing, and hopefully peaceful, series of comments on the life of King of Peace Episcopal Church. This is not a closed community. You are highly encouraged to comment on any post or to send your own posts.


Give Me Peace

With eager heart and will on fire,
I strove to win my great desire.
Peace shall be mine,
I said; but life
Grew bitter in the barren strife.

My soul was weary, and my pride
Was wounded deep; to Heaven I cried,
God grant me peace or I must die;
The dumb stars glittered no reply.

Broken at last, I bowed my head,
Forgetting all myself, and said,
Whatever comes, His will be done;
And in that moment peace was won.

—Henry van Dyke (1852–1933)
author of the text for the hymn Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee



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