The life He has chosen for me-
And I have agreed to-is going to be hard
It is not called the straight and narrow
This He tells me,
This I hear,
The lesson sinks deep into my stomach:
A lead weight
To last a lifetime.
Joy shines down to clarify the darkest of darks;
A broken Alleluia rolls off my tongue.
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession who are zealous for good works. (Titus 2:11-14)