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Out of the Shadows: Poem
Peace comes slowly like silence after rain,
Seeping unawares into numbness after pain:
Pain, which came and gripped like a nightmare in the night,
Shook and choked my world with an overwhelming fright.
My icy heart spread frozen claws that clutched my stomach weak.
I wept until my tears were spent, but still the world looked bleak.
I cried aloud in agony; like Christ upon the cross
God had forsaken me; my very soul was dross.
The warmth of His sunshine enfolding my soul,
And I knew for a certainty that His peace
And quiet joy, passing underneath,
Was God's own benediction, which will never cease.
I knew that He was there, and groped through mists of pain,
But, no matter how I prayed, and prayed again,
God, You would not answer me! I was left
Empty, alone, completely shattered and bereft.
Hands came, on the edge of mist, and tried to comfort.
I could not comprehend. Came, and went again, rebuffed
By my unresponsiveness, and tears I could not control,
Left me in my frozen vacuum, where no-one could console.
Until, at last, in His wisdom and time, God sent
His Holy Comforter, to strengthen, wherever I went
And as I took up the threads of life again, as I must,
The veil slipped slowly way, unnoticed, and just
As slowly, I prayed again, and felt God near.
Listening in the silence, my quietened heart could hear
His voice speaking and strengthening. As I meekly knelt,
He led me out of the shadows, so gently, I felt
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