Here’s the thing (a poem)

Here’s the thing about grief:

It pierces like a rusty knife,

Twisting and turning in our gut,

As we writhe in agony until all we can do is collapse in exhaustion.

The burning of loss so intense,

So unmercifully severe,

That we cannot fathom any way that it could be worse than it is in this moment:

This excruciating, blinding, white-hot moment.

Until the next moment becomes impossibly worse:

How can that be?

We don’t even know how we keep breathing through it,

but somehow, mercifully, mockingly, we gasp the next breath.

 

Here’s the thing about hope:

It comes in with its feathery wings,

Weaving its crimson ribbon through our grief:

Sending out gentle waves of light,

Through a touch,

Through a prayer,

Through a soft whisper of the Spirit to the soul,

Through the warmth of a “me too,”

When we cannot go on any longer in the echoing ache,

We manage to first blink the lingering tear off the tip of our eyelashes,

Taking that first shaky, uncertain, shallow breath,

Followed by a deeper breath,

and then whisper a cautious prayer in response to the gentle flutter of wings.

And hope, like a single faithful root shooting deep into the ground beneath our feet,

Stabilizes our heart within the raging storm

of our unsteady, electrifying grief.

The power of the Suffering Servant,

The Comforter,

The Counselor,

The Prince of Peace

Pours into our grief, bringing beauty in ashes.

Through the unifying ribbon of hope that holds our broken pieces together

within the crushing, burning, empty chaos of grief.

We somehow, miraculously, continue to exist in this painful in-between:

Longing for heaven,

And still planted on earth,

Held in the tender, nail-scarred hand of the One who weeps with us.

This hope we have as an anchor of our soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us. Hebrew 6:19-20a

 

Categories UncategorizedTags , ,

2 thoughts on “Here’s the thing (a poem)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Heaven's White Noise

Can you hear it?

Avalanche of Grace

Finding God's Grace along the Broken Road

Life is a Vapor

Equipping Christians to Live a Life of Radical Love and Service

With Great Hope

Rejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. - Romans 12:12

romansmumandmehome.wordpress.com/

Motherhood, lifestyle, Travel

Supercali-whatever.

I used to keep my mouth shut. This is what I say when I don't know what to say.

ordinarilyextraordinarymom

Because we all live a life that is perfectly imperfect

Drawing Closer to Christ

Trusting the Love of Jesus Christ, One Day at a Time - Psalm 13:5 NIV, “But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.”

Ron Tamir Nehr

Self Empowerment & Business Coaching

Charisma

Inner Beauty - Outward

Message In Stanza

Poetry and Musings

Mustard Seed Living

With this news, strengthen those who have weak knees. Say to those with fearful hearts, Be strong & do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you.” ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭35:3-4‬ ‭

Tarbelite Confessions

Weaving a story to protect myself

The lovely dandelion

spreading a little joy into the world one seed at a time

insicknessandinfaith

He is faithful through the storm

cholley's musings

my thoughts and prayers about my journey with my Savior, Jesus

Pure Glory

The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims His handiwork. Psalms 19:1

The Mind Connectory

The Mind Connectory is a place where thoughts are shared in the hope that many people can relate to similar situations. I anticipate that it can become a library of knowledge from which people can draw up plans to overcome challenging situations – whether they be brought on by loss or mental barriers. The mechanisms for coping with matters of the mind are quite connected regardless of their cause. That is why I believe that learning from other people’s experiences (both successful and unsuccessful) is the key to self improvement as well as a better future for ourselves and the people around us.

%d bloggers like this:
search previous next tag category expand menu location phone mail time cart zoom edit close