Dealing with Mankind at its Ugliest

by Clark Roush, Ph.D.

Certainly art, faith, and life have converged in an unkind and unintended way! Because of my training as a musician of faith, I have many hymn lyrics deeply rooted in my spiritual and emotional soil. I often turn to them in times of stress, hurt, confusion, pain, and uncertainty. This is what emerged from my meditation, and I share it today for any good it might do others.

Peace, perfect peace, in this dark world of sin?
The blood of Jesus whispers peace within.

Peace, perfect peace, by thronging duties pressed?
To do the will of Jesus, this is rest.

Peace, perfect peace, with sorrows surging round?
On Jesus’ bosom  naught but calm is found.

Peace, perfect peace, our future all unknown?
Jesus we know, and He is on the throne.

Peace, perfect peace, death shadowing us and ours?
Jesus has vanquished death and all its powers.

It is enough: earth’s struggles soon shall cease,
and Jesus call us to heaven’s perfect cease.


Let us stay in the shadow of the Cross! As we live our lives, may we do what the cross does and constantly deal with the duality of beauty and horror. May we extend to others the same grace we so desperately need. May we never feel so good about being good or so comfortable with being comfortable that we forget the plea, Maranantha!