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Poems Drawn from Suffering

Updated on October 13, 2017
Poems for those times that make us feel like giving up.
Poems for those times that make us feel like giving up. | Source

Before My Poems, Thinking About the Valley of Suffering


Reading the poetry of Psalms in the context of the entire Word of God is one of a distressed Believer’s great comforts. It is a balm for the wounds incurred on this journey through the wildernesses of life on earth.

For all of our joys here, there are sorrows to be dealt with, and at times, plenty of them. How easy it is to forget that it is imperative to trust our Father's way and timing for answers to prayer when we are hurting!

Though we may feel near despair when we are burdened with pain or alarm, we can confidently ask Him for help. We can lay it all at His feet and kneel at His seat of mercy with the simple faith of a young child.

The faithfulness of Hannah, Amy Carmichael, and others lead the way for sufferers.
The faithfulness of Hannah, Amy Carmichael, and others lead the way for sufferers. | Source

Whether we are weathering a storm because of failure on our own part or spurious attacks from others, because of deep concern for someone we love dearly or for inexplicable reasons that we cannot understand, turning to God according to His Word gives us confident hope.

If we will go down before Him, the gifts He will give along with His help are beyond what we can imagine. Though the journey is different for each of us, until we've been in the valley of suffering and experienced His promised help we do not glimpse the true depths of His grace.


Examples We can Follow


I often think of Hannah as I pray about my own sorrows. Her example of perseverance that sustained her with hope until she saw God work through her prayers continues to be inspiring. To say that I am thankful for examples like this from His Word is to put a great thing very simply.

In hindsight I can see a number of times that I have prayed and then rejoiced to see God work. Other times, I prayed and waited and did not see His hand intervene, only to find out at a much later date that He was at work to answer my prayer but not in a way I could see at the time.

More contemporary Believers have encouraged me as I’ve gone through a valley that seems to have pitfalls and precipices at every changeful midnight. This sample from Amy Carmichael’s Mountain Breezes has been a tremendous blessing:


On earth, confusion, land by land;

And heart by heart is riven.

But, as of old, unshaken stand

The battlements of heaven.


On wings of wind, from all their coasts,

Angelic armies speed;

The Lamb of God, the Lord of Hosts,

That shining band doth lead.


O cause our stumbling prayer to soar;

Let joy be our array;

For art not Thou whom we adore

Already on Thy way?


Scripture is full of examples of suffering, but more than that, it is filled with examples of God’s faithfulness that display His long-suffering love. Even when His people flew in His face with their rebellion and brought troubles on themselves, His hand of mercy was at work as He fulfilled His purposes.


We Are Not Alone


God knows how fragile we are so He gives us many encouraging examples of His faithfulness in His Word. He knows how limited we are so He gives us examples of His knowledge.

He knows how weak we are so He gives us examples of His omnipotence. Because He knows what we are up against, He comforts with His presence.

It is an error to believe that the life of a Christian will be or should be easy. Not only is the path narrow, but it is likely to have some fairly rough spots along the way.

The causes can be distinctly individual, though there are corporate reasons that God’s people go through stormy seasons. So, to speak of reasons does not necessarily mean that blame is being placed on a sufferer.

Few there are who do not go through deep waters, through any number of sufferings that would overwhelm if God did not provide aid. Christians are not immune, and may even find that in their efforts to help others their own burdens can multiply for a period of time.

Needy Hearts and Minds...

His promised help reveals glimpses of the depths of His grace.
His promised help reveals glimpses of the depths of His grace. | Source

In long seasons of suffering it is especially important to remember that He does not leave us alone. No matter the burden, no matter the reason for the suffering--even if we are completely at fault--He wants us to turn to Him according to His Word.

Not only can we know that we are accepted by God in the Beloved, we can enjoy a growing relationship with Him in this life and have His help for the circumstances we face. As Hannah shows us, it does not matter what others think about our problem.

God knows, and yet He wants us to share every aspect of our heart about it with Him. He desires so much for us to talk with Him about our burdens that He has made the way and given us instruction.

What He says about prayer to Christians is phrased as a command, but it is teaching given from His heart as a gift to us. It is an invitation as well as direction.

Writing about what I’ve learned through the valley of suffering is difficult. I do not know if I will be able to write about the specific circumstances when they are resolved--perhaps more poetry will come.

I do know, though, that day by day in the midst of life’s storms God’s grace is everything He says it is and He enables His people to trust Him to provide through the layers of our troubles if we will look to Him for help according to his Word.

Two New Poems

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I See You Moon, I Thank You God


In night’s purple sky, I see you moon,

To how many broken hearts have you been attuned?

Were you placed just to encourage and to comfort,

Or to remind us that we do not see what is important?


Hello moon, shining over my land,

You and I, formed and created by the same Hand.

I’ve sought you in the night, seeking out your white smile,

To drink from, to engage in the strength of your years and long miles.


I see you moon, with God’s light renewed,

Strengthening me for waiting through the gloomy dew

That lurks ‘neath my lashes, threat’ning to overflow,

And strike yet again with memory’s unceasingly painful blows.


Thank You God for faith to persevere,

Obeying by prayer with confidence through long years.

Thank You, Father, for moon and stars and sun and rain,

For all You’ve given to sustain as I look for more promised gain.


Thank You for wise counsel from Your Word,

Buoying, helping me to go forward undeterred.

Seeing faithfulness in the moon month after month,

I regard Your handiwork throughout the ages labyrinth.


I see you moon. I thank You, God.




His Best


Because I’ve learned to live with pain,

You think my tears have ceased to rain?


Think you the ache gave up its claim?

Believe the weapons lost their aim?


Suspect you not my heart is lame,

As I can’t speak the depth of pain?


There is One Friend who knows my frame,

I live dependent on His Name.


He doubtless understands the flame,

How ashes turned to so much fame!


Only He comprehends the span,

From now to when the grief began.


O blessed thought, He yet retains,

Holds it all by His golden chain.


By my side He ever remains,

In the sorrow He gives me gain.


With the suffering, a sweet refrain--

Flowing grace of Love’s bloodstain.


Promise sure is faith’s foundation,

His Word is secure persuasion.


His faithfulness and assured aid

Increase my trust of Strength unswayed.


Under His wings I find sweet shade,

From The Loving Heart help cascades,


Even when my vision betrays,

Assistance comes in cavalcades.


On His heart my need’s engraved,

On His Word I lean--settled, stayed.


All but faith is faulty charade,

His best will never be delayed.




Helpful Books for Sufferers:


The following books have been an immense help to me. They are in alphabetical order by the authors' last names simply because I have no better order to put them in.

Any one of these works would be helpful to a suffering Believer. Together they have encouraged me through deep waters and I am grateful that these authors have shared with us what God gave them.

Trusting God When Life Hurts, Jerry Bridges

The Power of Suffering, John MacArthur

Suffering and the Sovereignty of God, John Piper

Beyond Suffering, Layton Talbert


Helpful Hubs for Suffering Believers:


Jozeka's responses to suffering spoke strength to me at a very low point.

• Light for our daily path is a devotional book unlike all others.

Psalm 23, a faithful friend.

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    RTalloni 5 weeks ago from the short journey

    Well, poets and people who love poems do not all agree on what the best of poetry is, so don't give up. When the right poetry strikes a chord with you, you will love it and you will know the wonderful thing you've been missing. :)

    Thanks very much for checking out this post, especially since it is out of your preferred reading. That you left a comment is much appreciated!

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    Dale Anderson 5 weeks ago from The High Seas

    I wish I appreciated poetry more. All of my female friends love it and read it to me but I just don't have an ear for it. I feel like I am missing out on something wonderful.

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    RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

    Thank you for letting me know you stopped in and for leaving your encouraging comment.

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    Bill Russo 2 years ago from Cape Cod

    Well done. Very inspirational and comforting especially at a time like now when we are trying to deal with the latest volcanic eruption of hate.

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    RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

    The Psalms are a blessing in any need we have because they point us to the Christ. When we are in circumstances that drive us to draw strength from the experiences recorded in the Psalms we see God's faithfulness throughout the ages and learn of how we can count on Him by trusting Jesus according to His Word.

    I've just begun a group study of the Psalms and though I thought I knew the book well I am being reminded that we cannot mine its riches to the bottom. Learning new truths by going deeper into its levels is enriching my faith and will hopefully help me understand more about the love that compelled Jesus, the only One who could provide saving grace for mankind, to be obedient through to the Cross.

    My original poems included in this hub come from deep waters that would have drowned me except for the fact that what He tells us about His power to help us if we will turn to Him is true. Thank you for coming by and letting me know you stopped in.

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    stella vadakin 2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    RTalloni, Your inspirational hub and poems are wonderful. I wish I would of found this hub a few months back. It's much harder to be a Christian today then join the crowd. I sat in the hospital once with a friend who was ready to die. He was suffering so with brain cancer. I flip open the Bible and it said, we suffer for our own salvation into heaven. Thanks Stella

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    RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

    brakel2:

    Thank you for stopping in to read these poems and for your encouraging comment. The different forms of grief that people face all have one thing in common, that is, they put us in the position of need. That need can be so deep that we would be driven "over the edge" in some manner, except for the fact that help is available.

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    Audrey Selig 2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    This hub is full of inspiration and lovely poems to raise one's spirit skyward. Thank you for sharing this hub that helps people who need encouragement. I enjoy the hubs that help others, We never know who may benefit from a hub such as yours. Poetry with feeling and passions helps. Blessings, Audrey

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    RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

    Sandyspider:

    Thanks very much for letting me know you read this hub and for your encouraging comment.

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    Sandy Mertens 3 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

    Really enjoyed reading this inspirational hub with the poems.

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    RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

    CraftytotheCore:

    Thank you very much.

    Yes, experiences like yours definitely teach us understanding of what others are going through and as a result they allow us to offer them comfort from an sympathetic perspective.

    So appreciate that you came by with your comment.

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    CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

    This is so beautiful. When I was paralyzed in the hospital for 8 days in December 2012, I had no place else but to look up for hope. I was already down as low as I could go. Within God's timing, I was walking again. But it taught me so much. To understand what others are going through.

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    RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

    Eiddwen:

    Thank you for all of your input on this hub and for letting me know that this is one of your favorite hubs.

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    Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

    These are truly beautiful;you are indeed so talented and I am voting across the board ;sharing and saving as one of my fvourite hubs. I look forward to so many more from you.

    Eddy.

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    RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

    Movie Master:

    Thank you very much for leaving your encouraging comments. I'm glad to know that you enjoyed this post.

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    Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

    I love your moon poem and I also find great comfort in reading the Psalms.

    A beautiful piece of writing thank you.

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    RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

    ChristyWrites:

    Thank you many times over for letting me know that this continues to be an encouragement to you.

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    Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    I am back for a second read today and looking to pull more from your words. Yes, I got what I needed today here. Thank-you. I will likely be back again though I may not always comment.

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    RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

    unknown spy:

    Thank you for stopping in with your encouraging comments.

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    IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

    Wow, this is one inspiring hub I have ever read. Awesome!

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    RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

    Thank you, Nell Rose, both for your visit here and your encouraging words.

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    Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

    This was such a lovely hub, so inspiring, your poems were awesome and the message was something we all need to read sometimes, absolutely wonderful, nell

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    RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

    ChristyWrites:

    Thank you very much for your encouraging input.

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    Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    Your poetry speaks of hope and staying faithful to God. Thank-you for your openness with this subject.

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    RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

    girishpuri:

    Thank you for sharing your thoughtful input here.

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    RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

    frogyfish:

    It is an amazing thought, isn't it?

    Thank you very much for your interest and kind input.

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    Girish puri 5 years ago from NCR , INDIA

    peaceful hub, you make my day, voted up.

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    frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

    A newly realized thought because of your poetic expression...the moon and I were made by the same hand. Wow!

    Your poems were touching my heart as I read...

    Loved the words to the second video music too.

    Just beautiful, all the way from top to bottom!

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    RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

    prasetio30:

    Thank you for coming by with you very kind comments.

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    prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

    Beautiful poem from you. Very inspiring. Voted up and thanks for sharing. Take care :-)

    Prasetio

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    RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

    Victoria Lynn:

    Thank you very much for your encouraging comments and for letting me know this hub encouraged you.

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    Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

    Beautiful and inspiring. I love the Psalms. I needed to read this tonight. So comforting. Thanks!

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    RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

    picklesandrufus:

    Thank you so much for letting me know that you appreciated this post and that it encouraged you.

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    picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

    Beautiful hub. It soothes my soul as I end the day. Thank you.

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    RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

    Thank you, teaches, for your encouraging comments.

    It is a truly amazing picture of grace to know that the Lord is the Light of the world and that in Him we can be helped and enabled to also be light in this world, to reflect the Great I Am, no matter what difficulties we face.

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    Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

    I love your poem on the Moon. I often reflect upon how we are like the moon as we reflect God's light in our life to others. Very inspiring hub.

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    RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

    stessily:

    Thank you for your very kind comments on this work. I greatly appreciate your visit and input.

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    stessily 5 years ago

    RTalloni, From beginning to end, you've written a thought-filled piece of peace. Very nicely presented with perfectly-phrased and composed images. Sharing.

    Appreciatively, Stessily

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    RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

    lcbenefield:

    Thank you for letting me know that this hub with my poems gave you some encouragement. I appreciate your visit very much.

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    lcbenefield 5 years ago from Georgia

    Thank you. This is what I needed tonight.

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    RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

    kashmir56:

    Thank you very much for letting me know that this poem hub was helpful to you today, and for your kind words.

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    RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

    Your comment was no problem Pamela--none whatsoever, but thank you for your consideration. I hoped this hub with my poems would be a source of comfort and encouragement to others and I very much appreciate that you let me know that it is a blessing to you in the sad circumstances you face right now.

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    Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

    This was such a beautiful and inspirational read that i needed to read today,thanks !

    Vote up and more !!! Well done !

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    Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

    RTalloni, After I wrote the comment I thought I probably shouldn't have shared my grief on your site where you are relaying your sad feelings, but I do appreciate your thoughtful words.

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    RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

    whonunuwho:

    Thank you for posting your kind comments.

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    RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

    Pamela99:

    Thank you for visiting this hub and for your kind comments on my poetry.

    I'm very sorry for your loss. Your love for your friend's family will mean a great deal to them tomorrow. Your care for them will comfort you as well as them and I'm thankful you can be there for them.

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    RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

    Minnetonka Twin:

    Thank you for posting your kind response to this hub. To have resources from people whose knowledge is grounded in God's Word and their own experiences with Him strengthens us and often inspires us in unexpected ways. I appreciate that you took the time to read my work.

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    whonunuwho 5 years ago from United States

    Nice work and keep up the great hubs.

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    Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

    Your poem is beautiful and I know God has you in His arms. I have found much solace in the Psalms through the years. During one very difficult time of struggle I must have read the 91st Psalm dozens of times. Somehow it sustained me when I was in this serious time of in my life.

    Tomorrow I have to attend the funeral of a friend I've had for 30 years. She had a very difficult time the last month of her life, as her lungs were not strong enough to recover from a surgery. She asked her husband to "Help Her!" When he asked in what way, she said "Help me go home to Jesus." She passed away 4 days later. Now I know breathing is not her problem any longer and she is reunited with her son that died in a freak accident at age 20. I don't know why God does anything, why he answers prayers or allows things to happen, but I believe he is always there for us in every circumstance.

    Your hub is a great inspiration and I know God will heal the wounds. Blessings.

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    Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

    Your words give us all hope my friend. We all struggle here with one thing or another and it is with God's love and grace that we get through the darkness. I appreciate you sharing your journey with us and sharing your wisdom and poetry. It is clear that God speaks to you through your beautiful poetry. God bless my friend.

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    RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

    Angela Blair:

    Thank you for your kind words. The theme of books like MacArthur's "The Power of Suffering" is not only strengthening but inspiring and I'm very grateful to authors who offer what they have learned amid their refining fires to the rest of us. I very much appreciate your visit here.

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    Angela Blair 5 years ago from Central Texas

    Your wisdom and the sharing of God's wisdom is beautiful. Poetry is such a wonderful vehicle to share our serious messages with others and you've done a magnificent job in this Hub. Best/Sis

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    RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

    billybuc:

    Thank you for visiting this poetry hub and for your kind comments.

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    RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

    suzettenaples:

    Thank you for your meaningful comments. We are each one born with the word "need" stamped on our hearts, aren't we? I appreciate your visit and your letting me hear from you very much.

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    Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Lovely work and a beautiful reminder. Solitude is a state of mind and not a reality.

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    Suzette Walker 5 years ago from Taos, NM

    This is such a beautiful and inspirational hub. Your words, the poems, and your poems are just lovely in that they convey so much hope. In painful times I have turned to the Bible and read the psalms. They are soothing and lasting. They, too, bring great hope. The stories in the Bible do help us to understand suffering and pain in life. Turning to God for help is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength. We rely and depend on his strength during our sad, suffering and / or paintful times. This is truly a great piece of work here. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts, your inspiration, and your hope with all of us. Most of all thank you for your words in your poems. They are delightful!

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