Buried in Years

My original plan was to just publish the poem, but after some thought, I think it might be good to give a little background.

As a pastor, one of the things I come into contact with on a regular basis is that of people living in the past. I have seen lives ruined because of the failure to step out of the past and into life. I have seen the chains of bondage wrapped so tightly that there seems to be no way to escape. However, God's Word says that "the truth will make you free." I have lived a few years of my life in the past and looking back I can see how wasted those years were. I have vowed never to be in bondage to the past again.

It breaks my heart when I see people holding on so tightly to ugly things that were, when there is so much beauty in things that are. God is the only One that can effectively wrap His arms around them and heal them. I understand the hurt that can cause us to hold on to the past. It is from that point of view that I offer this poem, Buried in Years. I also understand though that the power of God can set us free. If you are hurting today, I reach out to you. Feel free to email me if there is anything I can do. There is hope and as long as there is hope, God can work.

Buried in Years


Somewhere in the past

Clouded by time

Lies a memory

That once was mine


Clothed in months

And buried in years

The painful reason

For all the tears


That haunt your nights

And mock your days

Only now

Begin to fade


Until tomorrow

In the morning light

Adds more sorrow

To your plight


...Still...

Somewhere in the past

Trapped in time

Lies a dream

That once was mine.


There truly is freedom to break free. Jesus Christ is the answer. He had a tough past too. He left Heaven and all of its glory to come to this miserable, wretched earth for you and me. The holy God of Heaven in human form--Emmanuel, God with us came to die for us. You think you are not loved? Jesus loved you to death. You think you are worthless? Jesus paid the infinite price of divine blood for you. You think nobody cares? Christ cares above all that you can dream about. Christ is the answer to all your tears, all your broken dreams, all your failures.

Realize that today He wants to give you true peace, healing, and forgiveness. But you must come to Him on His terms. His terms are simply to accept His substitutionary death as payment for your sins. He rose again conquering death and sin once for all. He lives to give you abundant life. He lives to free you from the past.

Jesus Christ is not a prayer. He is not an add-on. He is a way of life, and if you make Him your way of life, I guarantee He will become your life. He will meet your needs. He will give you peace. He will help you through all of life's trials. But I am not suggesting that you take Him for selfish reasons. Take Him because He deserves your allegiance. Take Him because He is the God of Heaven and deserves our worship. Take Him simply because He is God.

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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

Good poem, I liked it a lot.


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

So So true, so many people refuse to give up on the past whether good or bad. They either cannot get past the negative or wish they had the once good. There is still life to live open up and live it.


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

Lifegate I really liked this and shared on my facebook.


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee

up and beautiful! Well Written and informative. Descriptive and to the point. He is my "All in All"

blessings...


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Paradise 7,

Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment.

Michael,

Thanks for the visit. It's always good to hear from you. Thanks for sharing on FB, too.

Samsons,

Amen, Brother. He is my "all in all".


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creativeone59 5 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thank you LG, this was such an uplifting and encouraging hub. I sure appreciate it and you, you are a blessing to us. May God continue to bless you and yours. Creativeone59


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cat on a soapbox 5 years ago from Los Angeles

Lifegate,

Thank you for sharing your message. Some of us create our own prisons. Each day God gives us a new gift- a chance to move on and start over. What a blessing that is!


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

CO,

Thanks for your constant encouragement. It's one of the things that keeps me here at HubPages.

Cat,

Thanks for the visit. God is most definitely the God of second chances!


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota

Beautiful! There are times when I can get bogged down with the past especially when the effects of it still live on. Your poem is comforting and helpful.

most descriptive line:

"That haunt your nights

And mock your days"

meditation on the past does exactly that.

I am eternally grateful for God's redeeming love and along with the sting of those memories I believe God is working all things together for our good and His glory.


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skye2day 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Greetings Brother. Thank you Lord we do not need to live in the past. It is part of our testimony and we can use it but to hang on and live there is harmful. Praise God He forgives us and we can learn and move forward.

Brother this is beautiful!

'Buried in Years loved you to death. You think you are worthless? Jesus paid the infinite price of divine blood for you. You think nobody cares? Christ cares above all that you can dream about. Christ is the answer to all your tears, all your broken dreams, all your failures.'

I love the simplicity of your writing and the truth of Jesus Christ. The poem is simple and Beautiful. You keep on brother. Sending hugs. Voted big thumbs up. Thank You. Love ya your 'sista' in Christ


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

TJ,

It's all about His glory.Glad you got it.So many people miss it.

Skye,

Thanks for stopping by. I'm also glad God forgives. Where would we be without it.


exjwlaurie 5 years ago

Beautiful Brother Lifegate! You are so right, Christ freed us from the bondage we were trapped in before knowing Him! We must keep our eyes fixed on him.

Also-- I remember how Lot's wife looked back--and she paid with her life.

God placed our eyes in front of us so that we would look forward--not back!

Beautiful poem by the way--so much said in so few words!


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Laurie,

Thanks for the visit. I liked your point about having our eyes in front. So true!


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The Minstrel 5 years ago from Hawaii

Great word my friend. We need to forget the past an move forward.


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Absolutely Minstrel. The past is gone forever so we may as well concentrate on the here and now and a little bit on tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by!


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searchinsany 5 years ago from UK

Spoken from a Pastor's heart, thank you.


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

searchinsany,

You're quite welcome! Thanks for the visit.


tinamarie9884 5 years ago

Lifegate, Thank you for putting out such a great hub. Yes, there are times I know for a moment I can get caught up in the past, then it is time for me to give myself a reality check. You wrote it very beautifully!!


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

TM,

Thanks for your comment and for stopping by. It's always good to hear from you--oh, and by the way, we all need a reality check from time to time.


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heavenbound5511 5 years ago from Under the shadow of the Almighty God!

Amen Lifegate!

Jesus will restore anyone that reaches out in faith and believes He is our redeemer, restorer, Propitiation, Saviour, Jesus is everything and for everyone. Jesus the truth, the way, the life. When we trust Jesus our lives will and can never remain the same!

Philippians 3:13–14

Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

HB,

Amen! Thanks for the read. As Paul says (if I may paraphrase), "full steam ahead."


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila

Great hub, great poetry. Simply beautiful! Thank you for sharing these great piece of literary. Blessings to you and your family. Best regards.


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Cristina,

Thanks for the visit. I appreciate it when you stop by.


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lambservant 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

Oh tnak you LG. That poem was beautiful and everything you said I have had to learn. I was the "victim" of an assault when I was a small child. I blocked it out until I was 45. When the nightmares, flashbacks, and memories surfaced I spent a lot of years wallowing in the past. I became bitter and full of self-pity and felt justified for it because I was a "victim." What I have learned is that though I was a vicitm, I no longer have to remain a victim. It's been a long journey to letting go. I think it came to the surface for a reason and that I had to process it, but had I processed it more with God instead of blaming him, I could have had more freedom in peace in my life. I am going to save your poem. It really spoke to me. Thanks so much for your message. Blessings.


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Thank you lambservant for your very wise comment. I'm sure that your thoughts here will help others who have been where you have been. Thanks for sharing!

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