I must believe God’s faithful love,
Else madness will my soul o’ertake.
If on myself I fix my eyes,
Despair will be my sorry fate.
I must believe, though I could choose
An easier path; with tide to swim,
To let opinion rule my life
And let the light within me dim.
I must believe the words God speaks,
When worldly cares do contradict.
As storm does rage; no shelter found —
But in God’s boat, all grace begins.
I must believe, and then one day
A shining light will lead my soul.
No longer strife and stress to sway,
My life at last found healed and whole.
So painful when we misunderstand each other.
Different ways of seeing things;
We grew up in different worlds.
I’d like to listen to your pain,
But it hurts too much
To add another pain to my own.
Education helps –
Exposed to different perspectives.
But can I keep my identity
And still cherish yours?
I used to think that
When we disagreed,
You didn’t love me.
Are you a liberal or conservative?
I’ve decided that I’m a libative.
There is One who knows all our pain —
Yours and mine –
But do we know His?
Fighting all the time.
Think that their opinion
Is wise and so sublime.
Have their own perspective,
Think it’s the only way,
Can’t listen to another,
Must jump into the fray.
Can’t see the other viewpoint,
Don’t let others have their say.
Must always be the winner
Must always have their way.
They never ask another,
How do you see things?
How does your perspective
Fit all that’s happening?
We’ve got to learn to listen,
Each one of us has guilt.
Let’s use our ears more often,
Our lips have got to chill.