I Believe in the Sun, a cry of faith

Photo of gray skies, tree branches, and dim rainbow
Photo by C. W. Brown, 2017
An anonymous poem found written on a cellar wall where Jews had hidden in Cologne, Germany, during dark days in World War II:

I believe in the sun
even when it is not shining
And I believe in love,
even when there’s no one there.
And I believe in God,
even when he is silent.
I believe through any trial,
there is always a way
But sometimes in this suffering
and hopeless despair
My heart cries for shelter,
to know someone’s there
But a voice rises within me, saying hold on
my child, I’ll give you strength,
I’ll give you hope. Just stay a little while.
I believe in the sun
even when it is not shining
And I believe in love
even when there’s no one there
But I believe in God
even when he is silent
I believe through any trial
there is always a way.
May there someday be sunshine
May there someday be happiness
May there someday be love
May there someday be peace….”

A discussion in this morning's Bible study reminded me of this poem, so I found it on the Internet. When I was a young woman, I tore a copy of this poem from a magazine and read it often.  The imagery of the sun still shining even if we must live through storms, helped me to visualize the reality that God is still close and still at work even when he is silent.

This poem encouraged me. I hope it encourages someone else.

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