but We Can’t…
by Sharon L. Patterson
We can copy the sunset on canvas but we can’t create it.
We can name the constellations but we can’t pull one star from the heavens.
We can feel the wind against our face but we can’t trace its origin.
We can plan our day but we can’t hold back its passing into tomorrow.
We can make peace but we can’t stop war.
We can birth life but we can’t prevent death.
We can choose good but we can’t eliminate bad.
We can search for truth but we can’t add to it.
We can love others but we can’t make them love us.
We can survive injustice but we can’t stand before jealousy.
We can build the world’s finest structures but we can’t change another human being.
We can empathize with our friends suffering but we can’t experience theirs.
We can find God through faith but we can’t earn God’s love through works.
Sharon Patterson, retired educator, career military wife, and leader in women’s ministry, has written inspirational encouragement in various forms from greeting cards to short stories, poetry, and Bible studies for over thirty years. She has authored three books, and is a contributing author for several of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She and her husband Garry live in Round Rock, Texas. They have three sons and five grandchildren.