Riddle

A Poem By Libby // 10/21/2017

Where hurt abounds, it raises up,
It lifts the hearts of men on earth
Bringing purpose, crushes gloom
Arresting spirit at its birth

It promises a brand-new start
A melancholy heart it cheers;
When waiting in anxiety
It gets the better of our fears.

Where life exists it will be found,
If even just a hint of it;
And where ‘tis found, it cautions us
The slightest fear not to permit.

Though all of mankind seeks it out
It hides, and waits ‘til one is found
Who needs the power it affords
Then grants its gift with joy unbound.

Comments

The Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit?

Damaris Ann | Sat, 10/21/2017

My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭55:8-9‬

Or faith?

Or faith?

Damaris Ann | Sat, 10/21/2017

My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭55:8-9‬

Anymore guesses? ;)

Anymore guesses? ;)

Libby | Sat, 10/21/2017

“The gospel alone is the power of God unto salvation.
Therefore, suffer, yes. Be misunderstood, yes. Be shamed, yes. But do not be ashamed. For the joy set before you, take up your cross, follow Jesus, be shamed and despise the shame!” -- John Piper

Is it hope?

Is it hope?

Damaris Ann | Sat, 10/21/2017

My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭55:8-9‬

Hmm. Maybe.

Close! I'm not going to answer yes or no to anymore questions. Yet.

Libby | Sat, 10/21/2017

“The gospel alone is the power of God unto salvation.
Therefore, suffer, yes. Be misunderstood, yes. Be shamed, yes. But do not be ashamed. For the joy set before you, take up your cross, follow Jesus, be shamed and despise the shame!” -- John Piper

Good plan. :) I'd hate to

Good plan. :) I'd hate to give it away on its first day of being published.

Damaris Ann | Sat, 10/21/2017

My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭55:8-9‬

Bravery? Truth? Heaven?

Bravery? Truth? Heaven? The Father?

Madalyn Clare | Sat, 10/21/2017

"To live is to love with the passion of a thousand stars. To love is to live despite the pain of a thousand scars. Anything in between is a passing shadow." ~Michael Joseph Murano

Wow...Tons of guesses! Their

Wow...Tons of guesses! Their pretty close, too.
And bravery is a good guess.

Libby | Sat, 10/21/2017

“The gospel alone is the power of God unto salvation.
Therefore, suffer, yes. Be misunderstood, yes. Be shamed, yes. But do not be ashamed. For the joy set before you, take up your cross, follow Jesus, be shamed and despise the shame!” -- John Piper

Wisdom? Humility? I'll keep

Wisdom? Humility? I'll keep guessing as I think of things...

And aside from the brilliancy of your rifddle, the poetry is amazing. Well done. It flows smoothly, and your rhyme scheme is on point (as per usual). Lovely job!

Damaris Ann | Sat, 10/21/2017

My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭55:8-9‬

Thanks! The last lines are

Thanks! The last lines are not as clear as I necessarily want them to be, but maybe it makes for more guesses. I'm not sure.

Libby | Sat, 10/21/2017

“The gospel alone is the power of God unto salvation.
Therefore, suffer, yes. Be misunderstood, yes. Be shamed, yes. But do not be ashamed. For the joy set before you, take up your cross, follow Jesus, be shamed and despise the shame!” -- John Piper

I think the last bit is

I think the last bit is perfect as-is. :)

Damaris Ann | Sat, 10/21/2017

My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭55:8-9‬

I totally agree with Damaris!

I totally agree with Damaris! Your poetry never ceases to both amaze me and inspire me.

Madalyn Clare | Sat, 10/21/2017

"To live is to love with the passion of a thousand stars. To love is to live despite the pain of a thousand scars. Anything in between is a passing shadow." ~Michael Joseph Murano

Oh! Forgiveness!

Oh! Forgiveness!

Madalyn Clare | Sat, 10/21/2017

"To live is to love with the passion of a thousand stars. To love is to live despite the pain of a thousand scars. Anything in between is a passing shadow." ~Michael Joseph Murano

Wow! Thanks you guys! You

Wow! Thanks you guys! You encourage me so much!
Ah--forgiveness is a very good guess.
I'm struggling with not spilling the beans!

Libby | Sat, 10/21/2017

“The gospel alone is the power of God unto salvation.
Therefore, suffer, yes. Be misunderstood, yes. Be shamed, yes. But do not be ashamed. For the joy set before you, take up your cross, follow Jesus, be shamed and despise the shame!” -- John Piper

By the way... It's so cool

By the way...
It's so cool we're all on here at the same time! It's like we have mini encouraging conversations.
Thanks!

Libby | Sat, 10/21/2017

“The gospel alone is the power of God unto salvation.
Therefore, suffer, yes. Be misunderstood, yes. Be shamed, yes. But do not be ashamed. For the joy set before you, take up your cross, follow Jesus, be shamed and despise the shame!” -- John Piper

I know!! I'm really enjoying

I know!! I'm really enjoying this. :) it's rare that it happens.

Damaris Ann | Sat, 10/21/2017

My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭55:8-9‬

Haha! If only it happened

Haha! If only it happened all the time ;)

Madalyn Clare | Sat, 10/21/2017

"To live is to love with the passion of a thousand stars. To love is to live despite the pain of a thousand scars. Anything in between is a passing shadow." ~Michael Joseph Murano

Love.

"What's old as all creation,
Younger than the rain?
Tender as a cherry blossom,
Stronger than a chain?
What's worth much more than gold or silver?
Still it's always free,
Higher than the heavens
And deeper than the sea?"
-- Billy Edd Wheeler, "A Song of the Cumberland Gap"

Where hurt abounds, love raises up,
Love lifts the hearts of men on earth
Bringing purpose, crushes gloom
Arresting spirit at its birth

Love promises a brand-new start
A melancholy heart love cheers;
When waiting in anxiety
Love gets the better of our fears.

Where life exists love will be found,
If even just a hint of it;
And where ‘tis found, love cautions us
The slightest fear not to permit.

Though all of mankind seeks love out
Love hides, and waits ‘til one is found
Who needs the power love affords
Then grants its gift with joy unbound.

James | Sat, 10/21/2017

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"The idea that we should approach science without a philosophy is itself a philosophy... and a bad one, because it is self-refuting." -- Dr. Jason Lisle

Perhaps:)

Perhaps:) I guess love really does fit with the riddle! I never thought of that. Brilliant observation, James!
Not the answer I was looking for, though. Sorry. ;)

Libby | Sat, 10/21/2017

“The gospel alone is the power of God unto salvation.
Therefore, suffer, yes. Be misunderstood, yes. Be shamed, yes. But do not be ashamed. For the joy set before you, take up your cross, follow Jesus, be shamed and despise the shame!” -- John Piper

Friendship?!

Friendship?!

Damaris Ann | Sat, 10/21/2017

My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭55:8-9‬

Damaris: Friendship works,

Damaris: Friendship works, too, I guess.
James: You know what, I was thinking that love is a great answer to the riddle. It really could be the answer.

Libby | Sun, 10/22/2017

“The gospel alone is the power of God unto salvation.
Therefore, suffer, yes. Be misunderstood, yes. Be shamed, yes. But do not be ashamed. For the joy set before you, take up your cross, follow Jesus, be shamed and despise the shame!” -- John Piper

Hmmmmmm

Companionship? I'm stumped. Well done, Libby; well done.

Damaris Ann | Sun, 10/22/2017

My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭55:8-9‬

You know, I feel like I've

You know, I feel like I've kinda been unfair. The answer is, there are so many answers! Bravery, Courage, Hope, Forgiveness, Friendship, Love--any of these could be the answer.
And they could be the right answer.
I'm right now leaning towards James' answer of love. I really wanted to see what y'all answered before making up my mind.
I so appreciated the answers you gave.
Thank you all so much.

Libby | Sun, 10/22/2017

“The gospel alone is the power of God unto salvation.
Therefore, suffer, yes. Be misunderstood, yes. Be shamed, yes. But do not be ashamed. For the joy set before you, take up your cross, follow Jesus, be shamed and despise the shame!” -- John Piper

And companionship works

And companionship works perfectly alongside with friendship. ;)
Y'all have given me the answers! Thanks!
My original idea was hope. So Damaris, you got that one right on. But then, the idea came to me that there might be so many possibilities for an answer, you all could help me out. And you have! :)

Libby | Sun, 10/22/2017

“The gospel alone is the power of God unto salvation.
Therefore, suffer, yes. Be misunderstood, yes. Be shamed, yes. But do not be ashamed. For the joy set before you, take up your cross, follow Jesus, be shamed and despise the shame!” -- John Piper

Yay!!! I'm glad we gave you

Yay!!! I'm glad we gave you some good answers. :)

Damaris Ann | Sun, 10/22/2017

My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭55:8-9‬

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