(re)Imaging Endurance

hang in there

And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,  and endurance produces character, and character produces hope . . . .

—Romans 5:3-4

Well, we have reached that time of the year, again, where endurance seems to trump knowledge.  Platitudes like “hang in there” and “push through” and “buckle down” slip past our lips and define Facebook posts.  To add to the platitudinal whirl, I offer my own, bearing a hope for something more: Keep focused so that what you plant is lodged deep in the soil of your mind, taking root in your soul to endure for a lifetime.

For some encouragement, enjoy this poem from one of YHC’s own, Byron Herbert Reece.  Read it, study well, and “hang in there.”

Peace, much peace.

“The Generations of Thought”

By Byron Herbert Reece


The young tree’s reaching root

Spreads from the fallen fruit,

Golden and shaped like day

Before it knew decay.


The infant life, the child

Hopeful and undefiled

Springs from the unity

Love makes of two that die.


And though we guess not how

Thought thrives behind the brow.


The tree and child, who press

Onward to nothingness,

Scatter their seed and mate;

Themselves perpetuate.


And the generations of thought

That know not root nor sire

Nor seed nor even desire

Prosper and perish not.



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