You are balancing on a fallen log
suspended above a deep valley,
your own infant is in your arms,
hungry hounds are at your back
with teeth as sharp as knives,
howling and growling,
you say a prayer,
do not fail,
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” —Isaiah 41:10
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My feelings made me care,
They went with me everywhere,
I was afraid people would see
just how they embarrassed me,
So I somehow put them on a shelf,
In that way I numbed myself.
One day I invited Jesus in,
And let Him cover all my sin,
He told me feelings are a gift,
Heavy ones — He would lift,
Now I let them come and go,
He never lets me lose control.
Life is short from beginning to end,
It's not too late to begin again,
Put fear of feeling on delay,
And let some emotion show today.
"Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is
light.” —Matthew 11:29-30
*Draw Near is now accepting poems for Blessed Creation: A Christian Poetry
Collection. Details here: Call for Submissions.
Where do poets go
to get their inspiration?
Their souls fly high and low
reaching blindly in the air
for coarse emotions floating there.
Poets capture the feeling
the reader’s been concealing,
shelters them like wild savages,
tailors them into fitting words,
instead of untidy blurbs.
Show kindness to your poet,
for serving your feelings like a feast
and presenting them all tasty and neat,
but even if you don’t want to
the poet is glad to serve you.
….Then he began washing his disciples’ feet and drying them with the towel he was wearing. —John 13:5
© 2016 Kim Bond
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