Silhouette of girl with arms raised praying

Burden

fear nibbles at the edges of her soul, like a rat
aboard a sinking ship that leaks, lists and tips
because she has woken to face yet another
pain filled day, unrefreshed in every way

her spirits are plummeting fast and her heart
contracts as she thinks about the future, for
she longs above anything else not to become
a burden to others or to those she loves

during these days of increasing debility
and weariness, she can often forget
just who she should be handing all her
heavy burdens over to—until he speaks

with whispered reassurance in his voice
for her hurting soul—while he pours the balm
of hope into her heart, forcing fear and
discouragement to flee, and she falls

further, on bended knee, when Jesus
tenderly reminds her once again that
every burden handed over to him will
not only lessen the load on her soul

it will also miraculously transmute
into a blessing by faith, shaping her
perception, if not her situation in life

and so she prays, tears welling up in her
eyes, and she gives praise like a willing
sacrifice, in spite of nothing visible yet

taking place, she has already tasted his
goodness and grace, and sensed the difference
inside, where calm and peace now abide


First published at poetryjoy.com November 2018. Published with permission © joylenton.

Joy Lenton

Joy Lenton

Chronic Joy® Contributing Writer and Poet

Joy is a grateful grace dweller, wife, mother, grandma to one beautiful boy, M.E and chronic illness sufferer for over 30 years, and a contemplative poet and devotional writer at poetryjoy.com and joylenton.com. She is the author of Experiencing Lent: Sensing the Sacred in Our Midst, Soul Shots: 31 Days of Pocket Wisdom for Your Hurting Heart, Embracing Hope: Soul Food to Help Chase Away the Blues, and Seeking Solace: Discovering Grace in Life’s Hard Places, and an occasional contributor to the Godspace blog.

Lament - Crying out to God in prayer

Lament

Pushing our pain aside, hiding it, or feeling shame because of it diminishes our human experience. If Jesus wept and cried out in anguish, why do we feel it is somehow faithless to honestly express lament?

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