“The Clod and The Pebble”

The Clod and The Pebble
by William Blake.

“Love seeketh not itself to please,

Nor for itself hath any care,

But for another gives its ease,

And builds a heaven in hell’s despair.”

So sung a little clod of clay,

Trodden with the cattle’s feet;

But a pebble of the brook

Warbled out these meters meet:

“Love seeketh only Self to please,

To bind another to its delight,

Joys in another’s loss of ease,

And builds a hell in heaven’s despite.”

Oh to have the mindset and heart of a clod of clay… the dirt of the earth, that is “trodden by cattle.” It is amazing how a humbled heart, spirit, and heart can have a proper perspective of love. When pride and selfishness become the forefront of our thinking and beliefs, we become as hard as the pebble… stubborn and full of self. I pray to be able to “build a Heaven in Hell’s despair” for another…for my mind and heart to be equipped to encourage by being in God’s Word, allowing Him to shape and mold me… this clod of clay.

Yet, O LORD, you are our Father.
We are the clay, you are the potter;
we are all the work of your hand.

-Isaiah 64:8


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