Then, on Monday, while reading in Eugene Peterson's memoir, The Pastor, I came across a poem he wrote during a time of pain in his own life:
Flash floods of tears, torrents of them,(2011, pp 206-207, New York: HarperOne)
Erode cruel canyons, exposing
Long forgotten strata of life
Laid down in the peaceful decades:
A badlands beauty. The same sun
That decorates each day with colors
From arroyos and mesas, also shows
Every old scar and cut of lament.
Weeping washes the wounds clean
And leaves them to heal, which always
Takes an age or two. No pain
Is ugly in past tense. Under
The Mercy every hurt is a fossil
Link in the great chain of becoming.
Pick and shovel prayers often
Turn them up in valleys of death.