“Forget the Shell”

by Elouise

I needed to hear these words today. It isn’t that I feel like nobody. It’s that sometimes I feel lost in a great sea of humanity. This poem reminds me: It’s about the One and Only You, and the importance to You of empty shells and every grain of sand. No matter what others think. Don’t miss my polite note to Amy at the end.

Forget the Shell

An empty shell lay by the sea;
The waves rolled up, and all forgot
To think of that which mattered not;
They only saw the sea.

So be it, Lord; let this Thy shell
Be lost in glory of the sea;
And as the waves sweep over me,
Let all forget the shell.

Amy Carmichael, Mountain Breezes: The Collected Poems of Amy Carmichael, p. 175; © 1999, The Dohnavur Fellowship, published by Christian Literature Crusade. First published in Fragments that Remain (compiled by Bee Trehane), 1987.

Talking back to Amy:

Dear Amy,
I respectfully suggest
that every empty shell
and every grain of sand
matters to God,
no matter what other people may think.
I’m sure you would agree with this.
Your sister,
Elouise

© Elouise Renich Fraser, 23 February 2015