For anyone who has been in some pain or grief, this poem is for you. I pray it reminds you that the darkness can bring about the unity and purity of your heart with God’s. I have seldom reached the bottomless pit or “dark night of the soul”, but pray that if you are in that place, you will know of His grand love and care, even in the midst of your doubt, hurt, pain or grief. I pray you and I will be steadfast in these times, only by the grace of God.
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18
Into sorrows arms I go
Green above and dark below
Into empty space I stare
No one near my soul to share
In sorrows grip my heart desires
My purpose yearns what life requires
A centered life that does not bend
When darkness comes upon the wind
Oh where can I go run and hide?
When sorrows’ door hath opened wide
And swallowed all my hope and gain
But thankful ‘er my hopes’ real source
Is not from earth, but stronger force
Embrace the darkness knowing well
My spirits firm and not in hell
Yet closer to the one I love
He’s with me now as though a dove
Gentle, quiet and so serene
I see him now, my heart to sing!
It took the darkness all about
To bring me to a place of doubt
And then to deeper waters still
My heart exclaimed “oh what a thrill!”
I’ve touched Him in a somber place
And now I know Him face to face
A knowing I cannot go back
My home’s with Him, “I shall unpack”!
Tis only I and now my Lord
No more my pride do I so hoard
I trample on deaths dirty gaze
And lift my eyes for all my days
To life’s exquisite golden shores
That lie ahead with you and yours
And in the end when weights are gone
And spirits lift and eyes are strong
I will proclaim “how great Thou art!”
And live my days with grateful heart.