Love’s Refining

Sanded long with upmost care 
‘Til satiny and smooth
When a finish was applied
Wood grains rose up quite rude

Then with sanding once again
Pressure wielded precisely
The wood in places yielded fine
In other spots not nicely

Still the wood-smith worked his craft
Refusing to destroy it
More than just to feed his fire
He purposed to refine it

And while the wood endured the plane
The file and the sanding
Much harder did the wood-smith work
To make the wood outstanding

To think our LORD a carpenter
Works past our tears and whining
With steady careful Master’s hands
He loves us while refining

The Father’s heart holds us close
Knows all our wounds and bruises
In tenderness and strength He bears
Love for us He chooses





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