Saturday, December 4, 2021

Fear Shouts; Love Whispers

Hey Friend,

I'm not quite sure what has stymied my writing? Perhaps it's the world we're living in and I feel helpless to halt the direction in which it's spinning?

I hear the enemy's lies and I have to lean in hard to hear God's still small voice. You too?

I haven't written poetry in quite some time, but these words fell upon my heart in the pre-dawn hours.

I dedicate this to all who suffer from anxiety and depression which is made worse by the confusion of the days in which we live...

Fear Shouts; Love Whispers

Fear focuses on the shadows
Faith follows the light,
I strongly cling to self
When it's Jesus who wins each fight.

Desperation defines me
Fear robs me of my rest,
The shackles of anxiety bind me
Crippling my joy and happiness.

Terrifying tendrils of doubt
Put a stranglehold on my soul,
Lies tear gaps wide open
Mercy pours in and makes me whole.

Days of endless doubt
Make my anxious heart race,
Only trust allows me
To be caught up in your saving grace.

Confusion's caucophony rattles my brain
With anticipated catastrophe,
Lord, draw near I need you
I crave your love which frees.

What if waves toss and turn me
Til I'm sinking like a stone
His love so gently whispers,
"I'll never let you go!"

Yet Love's raging wildfire
Blazes paths of peace,
He leads me by still waters
Only His staff comforts me.

Finally, I realize
I am but the tiny lamb
Oh so gently held
In the arms of the great "I am."

Fear shouts; love whispers...

Let these words from Luke 21:25-31 be your comfort:

“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. 27At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

29He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. 30When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. 31Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.

Take heart; we know how this story blessed...

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