- Books, Literature, and Writing
Mountain Breezes from Amy Carmichael: A Gift of Poetry Became A Friend
Amy Carmichael's Poetry In Mountain Breezes
If you know of Amy Carmichael's work you may also be familiar with her poetry. Whether you are familiar with her poems or not, you might like to pick up Mountain Breezes for it is a wonderful anthology that speaks Scripture truths to the believer's heart.
Meaningful Poems from Amy Carmichael for Life's Seasons
The poems contained in Mountain Breezes were penned from a heart and mind that knew and trusted God. Amy Carmichael's faith is recorded in poems for our benefit. Reading her work is an incredibly strengthening experience.
Trusting God when life turns in an unexpected direction is the secret to having the peace that passes understanding in difficult circumstances. Mountain Breezes by Amy Carmichael offers inestimable encouragement to be faithful to God's Word.
This book is full of rich blessings for ourselves and for those we love. As a guide for our prayers over the burdens we carry Carmichael's poems give insight and courage from Scripture for the pilgrim journey of this life.
A Beautiful and Inspiring Gift of Poetry
Mountain Breezes was a loving gift to me from our dear son when a dark hour descended on our family. It has become like a good friend, full of strength, comfort, support, and guidance for a Believer.
I have enjoyed being able to share its gifts with others because someone cared enough to share them with me. These lines from Amy Carmichael's hand are an example of why her encouragement is for difficult days in a Believer's life:
from Beauty and Battle
Lighten mine eyes till I joyfully see
Beauty in all that Thou givest to me,
Lord of the light.
Grant me Thy courage that, fearless and free,
Facing the odds, I may conquer with Thee,
Lord of the fight.
In thinking about how much of this life is a battle I was struck with what we have in being able to look to the Lord for help if we are Believers.
He sends the rain and the sun, the spring and the winter, the day and the night throughout the earth to all people, even those who worship the creation above the Creator.
From birth to death in this fallen world we all eventually have seasons rich with peace and joy as well as seasons of difficulty and hardship.
With the inestimable beauty of the hope that Amy Carmichael's lines present to us, there are also warnings that resonate through the ages:
Counting the Cost
Thou hast enough to pay they fare?
Well be it so;
But thou shouldest know,
Does thy God send thee there--
Is that it all? To pay thy fare?
There's been many a coin flung lightly down
Brings back a load of care.
It may cost what thou knowest not
To bring thee home from there.
Come What May
In all circumstances there is more to life than what those who trust Him according to His Word can comprehend. By faith with His help, Believers can accept the whole counsel of His Word and live out the enigma of how His ways are not our ways.
In trusting Him, we can be victorious in whatever we have to face in this world. By His power we can be faithful while He weaves the tapestry that takes us through our earthly lives.
Would I have chosen an unfair prison sentence for Joseph? Would I have chosen Abigail’s time with churlish Nabal? That martyr’s death for John? Amy Carmichael's suffering? The trials other Believers throughout the ages have faced?
How did They Respond to Their Circumstances?
It was more than blind faith that enabled these people to persevere in the odds they faced. Their eye was not on the present, but on eternity, and they took God at His Word in order to remain faithful-- faithful in prayer, faithful in their daily walk, faithful to the end of this life.
Would I have chosen the Cross for the Lord Jesus? I cannot imagine that I could have even known much less understood what He faced in that choice, but because He willingly gave His life to it I have eternal security today.
The historical examples that God gives of His work among His people are mixed with mystery, sometimes beyond our ability to comprehend. Knowing that God has a clear view of eternity and that what He is doing in the here and now is related to that eternity, I am able to trust His wisdom and kindness in asking me to depend on Him in and for all things.
Encouragements from Christians who have gone before us are a tremendous help to others in their journey and Mountain Breezes is no exception. It is, however, exceptionally insightful, full of courage giving lines and stunning panoramas of living with eternity in view.
(Isaiah 41:10, John 14:3)
God of patience and endurance,
Steadfast as the steadfast stars
Stands Thy promise, Thine assurance
Unto Thine ambassadors:
"I, thy God, will strengthen thee...
Where I am, there thou shalt be."
Lord, we would endure; O sift us
Clear of weakness; make us strong.
Lord, we would endure; O lift us
Into joy and conquering song.
Cause us in Thy peace to dwell,
Seeing the invisible.
Let us welcome all life's weather,
Whatsoever it may be;
And, or singly or together,
Find our heart's delight in Thee,
Our Redeemer, our Adored,
Lover and beloved Lord.
More Reading that Matters:
- Poems Drawn from Suffering
These two new poems are quite different from each other, yet their themes touche something in the heart of every Believer who has experienced suffering.
- Daily Light on the Daily Path: A Devotional Book Like No Other
This is topically arranged Scripture with morning and evening readings outlined for each day. It's most unique feature is also its most powerful feature.
- Hannah of 1 Samuel 1:1-28
Hannah's complicated relationship provides us with lessons for living out life-giving truths. Her faith inspires others who are suffering to pray as she did.
- Love Is The Defining Factor: An Invitation
In determining whether to go forward in a relationship it is important to find out if the other person knows the definition of love.
- The Reese Chronological Bible: Study the Word
The Reese Chronological Bible offers us a unique opportunity to know the Word of God better.