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Only In Christ: A Poem

Updated on January 4, 2018
The Poetry of Life Can be Mysterious Beyond Our Ability to Comprehend
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Strength Rather Than Despair: Only In Christ

It has been a sort of therapy to use HP through the end of this past year to distract me from what was happening in daily life. It's still difficult to believe, but we have seen four deaths in the last two months of this past year, two of which were close family members.

Even when expected, death tends to leave one reeling. In a blink, the divide is crossed and there you are, even if you are with others, facing the reality and feeling quite alone, wondering about many of the same things people have pondered about the event of death since time began.

My writing or comments here as I tried to help provide care in the preceding months do not reflect the circumstances I/we were in because I needed to use HubPages as an egress during long holding times--a retreat, a place to visit when I could not leave, so to speak.

It was helpful to periodically focus on something that was not directly related to the troubles in the weeks leading up to the losses. Considering ideas and projects outside the details that encircled and tried to swallow me up helped me maintain some balance in the phases of waiting and watching.

As a Believer, I praise God for experiences with His power to help during each heartbreaking situation, for the strength that comes through a relationship with Him. His grace (power) is sufficient. I may be able to write about some of the details one day, but for now it is enough to focus on Christ's faithfulness to His Word in times of need.

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And all the day long.
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The Poem

While this poem comes from a long series of circumstances that are too personal to share much of at this point, what I can say now is that books ranging from The Mystery of Providence by John Flavel to Jerry Bridges’ Trusting God When Life Hurts are well worth reading ahead of the inevitable difficult days that come with life.

Teacher and author D. A. Carson points out that Believers do sometimes have honest questions. There are mysteries that God has not revealed to us, yet He loves us enough to gently teach us what we need and to make ways for us take positive steps forward if we go to Him with a humble heart and ask for His help.

We are not alone. He is with us in the night seasons, as well as in the day. Seasons of joy sometimes endure, yet darkness may descend for a time. If we will trust Him we will see His hand faithfully guide us through the trials that confront us.

I share this poem particularly for other Believers who may be bearing the loss of a loved one who is now in Heaven. A Believer’s grief is a mystery even to ourselves, for though our current loss is a sad experience, we truly do not grieve as those who have not taken God at His Word.

Making God’s Word our food and drink, focusing on what He offers us through prayer during dark days, trusting Him to help us go step by step are exercises of faith that work together to make the Believer’s journey through grief remarkable. As meager as my work is for the topic, I share it here.

 Only In Christ 

Our hearts are frost,

The pain is fierce.

Severe and strong,

Questions accost.

This wound, this loss,

This sting of death--

Assuaged by none,

Except the Cross.

Look! There is peace!

Mercy is ours!

In Christ alone,

Life does not cease.

Our faith increases,

Fixed on His Word--

His Living Word!

He bids us feast!

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  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    Dolores Monet:

    Thank you for your kindness and comments. I've heard people express the concept of feeling cut off with comments about how they do not understand how the rest of the world can just go about business as normal. Our minds know that death is a part of life, but looking it in the face is something entirely different than objective knowledge. You reminded me to revisit this hub and do some fine tuning on the paragraphs prior to the poem and I thank you for that, too.

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    Dolores Monet 

    5 years ago from East Coast, United States

    Sometimes when we suffer the loss of loved ones, we can feel so cut off. Cut off, of course, from our lost loved one, cut off from the world. Thank you for sharing this lovely poem. I am so sorry for your troubles.

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    bettybarnesb:

    Thank you for your kind encouragement. God has been faithful and I am grateful for the truths of His Word.

    My friend's mother passed away due to an unexpected heart attack just this afternoon. Tonight, her only comfort is her confidence in her mother's relationship with our Lord.

    We do not have to go far to find the fresh wound of the loss of a loved one, do we? Thank you again for letting me hear from you.

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    bettybarnesb 

    6 years ago from Bartlett, TN

    I have been where you are and no doubt will be there again someday in life's future. I have found out one extremely important fact after loosing my mother, her sister, her husband and 2 first cousins all in the same year; that is how powerful the GRACE of GOD is. I was extremely close to my mother and I asked God to take her place in my life and over time He did. Give yourself time and be determine to keep your eyes on Jesus.

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    knottlena:

    Thank you for taking the time to read this hub, though I'm not sure how I missed replying to your comment for so long. I appreciate your kind response to this post.

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    schoolgirlforreal:

    Thank you for reading this poem and for your kind words.

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    schoolgirlforreal 

    6 years ago

    God loves you so much, and he gives crosses to those he dearly loves to bring us so close to him if we let him

    does that make sense?

    I am blessed to read your words. Thank you. I am sorry for your sorrows. you be encouraged. you will be hugged close by jesus the shepard in his arms. he is the comforter and he overcame the world!

    Praise Him forever and ever. Amen.

    I will say a prayer for you now.

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    Michele Travis:

    Thank you kindly for your visit and comment.

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    Michele Travis 

    6 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

    Thank you for this poem. I do under stand loss and pain, and hope more read this. It is very good.

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    John Sarkis:

    Thank you kindly.

    You might be interested in "Mountain Breezes" linked above the comments section in this hub.

    Appreciate that you visited and commented.

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    John Sarkis 

    6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

    This is really beautiful...sorry for your losses. There aren't enough poems about our Lord these days...

    John

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    mary615:

    Thank you, both for coming by and for your kind comments.

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    Mary Hyatt 

    6 years ago from Florida

    Beautiful poem; very moving. So sorry for your losses.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    Kamalesh050:

    Thank you for reading this hub and for your kind comments.

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    Kamalesh050 

    6 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

    A Beautiful poem and very Touching. I am deeply sorry for all your losses. May God Bless you and be with you now and Always. Take care my Friend, Kamalesh

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    sofs:

    What a big question the lady asked you! And your answer is true, it is faith, yet how difficult it is to believe that He is working goodness in some of the situations His people must face. That's where prayerful study of the whole counsel of His Word comes in. How He can allow some of the circumstances that come into Believer's lives seems to make a mockery of faith, yet it is the peace and even joy in our trust of the whole counsel of His Word that confounds people who do not have the kind of relationship with God that is rooted in faith. I praise God with you that He will strengthen this lady's faith as she comes to know His Word better through your ministry. The work is His, and I pray with you for it to have rich fruit in her heart and mind and life.

    Thank you for your kind comments on the poem.

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    Sophie 

    6 years ago

    I was teaching this scripture to a small group at home yesterday and a lady with a special kid asked me how is it possible to give thanks in all circumstances? That is faith I answered, Faith that you trust in Him no matter what happens. He is Good! His Word sets us free from all pain, fear and sadness.

    Beautiful poem and faith that needs to be emulated.

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    phdast7:

    Thank you for your kindness in coming by and in your comments.

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    Theresa Ast 

    6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

    I am so sorry for your multiple losses. They are hard to bear even when we are Christians and know that our eventual hope is elsewhere. Powerful poem. Thank you for sharing. Blessings.

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    Rolly A Chabot:

    We have so much to be thankful for in the truths of His Word! Thank you for your kind comments.

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    Rolly A Chabot:

    Thank you kindly. I'm thankful you found the poem to be a blessing.

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    anglnwu:

    Thank you--it is always very good to hear from you.

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    Rolly A Chabot 

    6 years ago from Alberta Canada

    The pain of loss is always hard but for those who know what the future holds we can rejoice... Our prayers are with you.

    Blessings and Hugs

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    Movie Master:

    Thank you very much for your kindness. Thank you also for reading the poem and letting me hear from you on it.

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    anglnwu 

    6 years ago

    Lovely. IN Christ, there is hope and life does not cease as you pointed out. Take care and may Christ be your song in the night.

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    Rolly A Chabot 

    6 years ago from Alberta Canada

    Excellent... the heart speaks to many and you have shown us...

    Blessings

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    Movie Master 

    6 years ago from United Kingdom

    I am so sorry to hear of your losses, grief is so hard to bear. Thank you for sharing the beautiful message in your poem, it will bring much hope to others.

    I send you my thoughts and prayers in this difficult time, best wishes MM

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    kunynghame:

    Thank you for coming by with your comment.

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    mathira:

    Thank you so much for visiting this hub and for sharing your comments.

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    kunynghame 

    6 years ago from San Antonio, TX

    Great message of truth. Thanks for sharing with others.

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    kelleyward:

    Thank you kindly. We live in a fallen world and sometimes people think that Believers should somehow be immune to its effects. Nothing could be farther from the truth. We have so much to be thankful for in the gift of God's Word to us throughout all the seasons of life in this world. So appreciate that you stopped by and shared your input.

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    SimpleGiftsofLove:

    Thank you so much for your encouraging and kind input.

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    LadyLyell:

    Thank you very much for your visit and kind words.

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    calico Stark:

    Thank you kindly, both for stopping in and for sharing your comments.

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    mathira 

    6 years ago from chennai

    You are right, god alone can be our anchor in our troubled days, RTalloni and it was nice and moving to read your hub.

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    knottlena 

    6 years ago from Connecticut

    I can't imagine all that you have gone through, but I can relate to where you coming from. Thank you for sharing all your beautiful words. I voted up.

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    kelleyward 

    6 years ago

    Rtalloni, I'm so sorry about all your losses. I can't imagine the pain you are feeling. Life here on earth never makes sense. I remember reading Phillip Yancy's book "When God Weeps" and it reminded me that Christ doesn't want us to hurt but because of the fall of man He cries and hurts when He sees us in pain. Inspiring poem. Thanks for sharing!

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    SimpleGiftsofLove 

    6 years ago from Colorado

    Beautiful hub, timely message of hope for so many in the sharing of your pain. You are a great writer in addition to being authentic in your life and faith! Thank you! Up, beautiful interesting awesome and following!

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    LadyLyell 

    6 years ago from George, South Africa

    Your poem is from the heart!I am so sorry to hear of your four losses. In time you may find closure in writing about these sad times. Psalms has kind words to comfort which you may enjoy reading.

    May your day bring joy!

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    calico Stark 

    6 years ago from Earth for the time being

    I lost my husband in 2003. Though I am remarried the pain still exists. I can totally relate to this emotional hearfelt piece of written art. Thank you so much for sharing it.

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