Rise Up (poem by me)

The one who dips in the bowl will betray,
Why did he come home stumbling drunk again?
Don’t be afraid; rise up and pray.

He fumbles his words with nonsense to say,
He smells of vomit mixed with coke and gin,
The one who dipped in the bowl will betray.

My impulse is to yell and run away,
My thoughts are venom and hope grows dim,
Don’t be afraid; rise up and pray.

It had felt like just another dull weekday,
He makes up a story about where he’s been,
The one who dipped in the bowl will betray.

His eyes reflect his moral decay,
His mouth curls into a wicked grin,
Don’t be afraid; rise up and pray.

He does not know the hurt he caused me today,
He laughs and says he’s committed no sin,
The one who dipped in the bowl will betray,
Don’t be afraid; rise up and pray.

“Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan, and he hears my voice.” —Psalm 55:17

Prayer: Lord, We lift up those spouses, parents, children, friends, and others who are dealing with the ongoing consequences of alcoholism. We ask these people would be brought to repentance of their sin, hatred of their habits, and would call on You to deliver them. We pray You would hear their prayer and bring them out of that lifestyle for the amazing future You have in store for them. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

(BTW, I am alright. This is not my situation. It’s an expression of empathy towards those who are currently experiencing it. Thanks for caring though!)

NOTE:  If you or a loved one is living in an unsafe home situation, please remove yourself from this circumstance until it is made safe again. If no one believes you and will help you, keep telling your story and asking for help until someone does.

 

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Anxiety (poem by me)

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,
or else
death.

“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

*Draw near is now accepting personal essays about childhood. Read the details here: https://drawneartochrist.com/call-for-submissions/.

 

From an Iraqi Village (poem by me)

My words were like stillborn children,
My cries for help—all impotent,
Like lambs led to the slaughter,
I’m the only one left.

So hungry I felt like an animal
lusting after human flesh,
So thirsty I drank
my own vile sweat.

I grew immune to the smell
of slow-rotting flesh,
Stopped averting my eyes
when they sliced off their necks.
My lungs still have breath,
But my soul’s ironed flat.

*This poem was written to increase awareness of human suffering in Iraq and inspire prayer for its citizens.

A Poem Prayer by me

Father, we know You are there,
We ask You to hear our prayer,
Heal us from shame, fear, and rejection,
Oh Lord, have mercy on us—Your children.

Help us to exalt Your opinion of us,
To You, we are positively priceless,
Help us to disregard any objection,
Oh Lord, have mercy on us—Your children.

With Your blood, make us clean,
Deliver us from our sinful routine,
Forgive our every transgression,
Oh Lord, have mercy on us—Your children.

 “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us….”—Ephesians 1:7-8

*Agreeing in prayer is one of my favorite things to do. If you like it too, consider agreeing with the prayers in this free ebook for the nations of the world. Check it out:  Beseeching Grace: An International Prayer Collection.

Water (poem by me)

Here…
water is plentiful and cheap,
When I’m thirsty for a drink,
It flows freely into my sink,
Seems impossible to deplete!

There…
water is hard to buy and sell,
When they’re thirsty for a sip,
It’s a dangerous eight-mile trip,
Their need—a freshwater well.

We would be remiss,
to look and not to see,
this need to be a friend,
Jesus said this:
“He who drinks of me
will never thirst again.”

*March 22 is World Water Day. Interested in assisting people with a need for fresh water? You can contribute here http://www.samaritanspurse.org/donation-items/freshwater-wells-2/ A different way to assist people with desperate needs is to join us in prayer for the nations. Prayer for the world is made easy with this free ebook:  Beseeching Grace: An International Prayer Collection.

 

The Great Coach (poem by me)

God saw me miss when I tried to kick the ball;
He saw me shoot and miss the net;
He saw me panting and out of breath;
Much to my surprise, after it all,
He hugged me and beamed
You made the team! 1

He said He is such a great coach
He can do much more with little
than others can do with the most2
He would train me and never give up
And stick with me when times got tough.3

The future, He already saw
And He says our team wins
Now people watch in awe
When on my finger, the ball spins
Thanks to His coaching technique,
Which is the love about which I speak.4

1But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen. —1Corinthians 1:27

2…where sin increased, grace increased all the more… —Romans 5:20

3…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. — Philippians 1:6

4The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. — Zephaniah 3:17

 *Here is an opportunity to make an eternal impact by praying in agreement for the nations of the world. Check out this free ebook:  Beseeching Grace: An International Prayer Collection.

Beseech His Grace (poem by me)

The nations who pine after riches
are stricken with destitution;
Countries who lost their hope
have children in prostitution;
Nations with proud heritages
are taunted by afflictions;
Those who proclaim they are free
are tethered by addictions.

Who among men will plead their case?
Let those who call on God beseech His grace.

Agree in prayer for the nations right now as you read this free ebook:  Beseeching Grace: An International Prayer Collection.