We leave an indelible picture of ourselves when we finally get to leave this failing body behind. It may take various forms -- Frances Havergal's was poetry. But she realized that what others see is only a surface glimpse of a heart fully seen by God alone.
Frances was a prolific poet and decided cheerleader for the Lord whom she loved.
by Frances Ridley Havergal
June 18, 1872
I have filled my book,
In odds and ends of time,
With fancies and reveries
And careless scraps of rhyme.
It is,—and yet it is not
A transcript of my soul;
For the passing gleams of light,
And the passing clouds that roll
Like an unwilled photograph,
Have printed their image clear;
And the echo of many a laugh
And of many a sigh is here.
But words are cold, dead things,
And little they tell of the heart,
Or the burning glow
Of the fount below,
Whence the glance and the cheek-flush start
I feel there is more within
Than may lightly be revealed;
What the spirit itself hath but dimly seen
To the pen may well be sealed.
Yes, I have filled my book,
And another will soon begin:
But no venturous guess may say
What shall be traced within!
Shall its songs be all of joy,
Or of deepest and keenest woe?
I dare not anticipate,
And I'm glad that I do not know.
Shall its yet unwritten page
Be filled by my restless hand?
Or shall I be called away
To the shores of the Silent Land?
One thing I would hope and pray,
That its record may brighter shine,
That an onward and upward course
May be traced in every line.
And that some of its words may cheer
Some troubled and weary soul,
Or point as a waymark clear
To the distant yet nearing goal.
Then I shall not begrudge my thoughts
Their robing of careless rhyme;
Or deem them a useless waste
Of the priceless gift of Time.