We are not always glad when we smile

We are not always glad when we smile

 

We are not always glad when we smile:

Though we wear a fair face and are gay,

And the world we deceive

May not ever believe

We could laugh in a happier way.–

Yet, down in the deeps of the soul,

Oft times, with our faces aglow,

There’s an ache and a moan

That we know of alone,

And as only the hopeless may know.

 

We are not always glad when we smile,–

For the heart, in a tempest of pain,

May live in the guise

Of a smile in the eyes

As a rainbow may live in the rain;

And the stormiest night of our woe

May hang out a radiant star

Whose light in the sky

Of despair is a lie

As black as the thunder-clouds are.

 

We are not always glad when we smile!–

But the conscience is quick to record,

All the sorrow and sin

We are hiding within

Is plain in the sight of the Lord:

And ever, O ever, till pride

And evasion shall cease to defile

The sacred recess

Of the soul, we confess

We are not always glad when we smile.

 

James Whitcomb Riley

 

2 Corinthians 4: 16-18: Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

 

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