A. L. Frink is credited with writing a beautiful thought-provoking poem that I discovered decades ago. It instantly spoke to my heart, and I have loved it ever since. The poet’s intent is that the reader receive faith and hope from his words.
I feature it today when “…claim of death cause us to grieve and make our courage faint or fall” and because a loved one who belongs to God continues to live “on the other side” and “will forever more.” May the poem’s deep meaning give comfort, faith, and hope today and always until our faith becomes sight.
THE ROSE BEYOND THE WALL
“Near a shady wall a rose once grew,
Budded and blossomed in God’s free light,
Watered and fed by morning dew,
Shedding its sweetness day and night.
As it grew and blossomed fair and tall,
Slowly rising to loftier height,
It came to a crevice in the wall,
Through which there shone a beam of light.
Onward it crept with added strength,
With never a thought of fear or pride;
It followed the light through the crevice length
And unfolded itself on the other side.
The light, the dew, the broadening view,
Were the same as they were before;
And it lost itself in beauties new,
Breathing its fragrance more and more.
Shall claim of death cause us to grieve
And make our courage faint or fall?
Nay, let us faith and hope receive;
The rose still grows beyond the wall,
Scattering fragrance far and wide,
Just as it did in days of yore.
Just as it did on the other side,
Just as it will forever more.”
(A. L. Frink)
“Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted.”
(Matthew 5: 4)
“Therefore you too have grief now; but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one is going to take your joy away from you.” (John 16: 22)
“Therefore, being always of good courage and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord — for we walk by faith not by sight — but we are of good courage and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.”
(2 Corinthians 5: 6 – 8)
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” ( Hebrews 11: 1)