The Ulster Cancer Foundation marked its 40th Anniversary by publishing a book of artwork and poetry 'emotions', from people who have had this terrible sickness. It is a very touching book of insights and encouragements which should be an inspiration and encouragement to patients in the future.
At the opening exhibition for the book, where all the artwork and poetry was displayed, Nathan spotted two women reading his poem, 'A Diamond in the Rough' with tears in their eyes! They told him that they were touched by the poem.
Our prayer is that God would use the poems to bring people to Jesus.
A Diamond in the Rough
A diamond in the rough still has great value.
Look at it, it’s filthy and dirty, almost useless.
But wait a minute!
When the Jeweller finds it,
He can see the hidden beauty in it.
Beauty that He himself can bring out.
He can work on it and purify it,
He can make it shine,
Yes, shine brighter than it has ever been.
The mud and filth will not have any power over it again,
Because this diamond is now no longer in the rough
But it is in the hands of its Maker.
If He can make beauty come out of ashes
He can make me shine once again.
Therefore, I will trust Him to pull me through all this dirt.
He will make me clean, beautiful and shining.
Because I’m His diamond
I have great value.
That’s what I was made to be;
Shining and precious
In my Maker’s hands.
© Nathan Asiimwe