Life has been very challenging of late—lots of tears, pain, emotions, fears, prayers, rantings, and little or no answers. Because of dealing with all this, I have had no inspiration and energy for writing or author business, much less promoting my upcoming book, The Regal Pink.
Today, in the wee hours of the morning, I dug into a study by Joni and Friends entitled The Gospel in Hard Times. It is just what I need right now. Though it is meant to be done with a group, I am doing it individually. There are videos to watch online too. The one I watched this morning was very inspirational.
Listening to some worship music this morning when I woke up really lifted my spirit as well. I spent a few hours in the depths of despair yesterday. I am thankful that God was there with me. I am glad that there is nowhere that I can go physically, mentally, or emotionally that he is not. He is always with me. Because of that truth and others I can continue on.
I wrote this poem/prayer this morning and thought I would share it with you. I hope that my words might encourage you to keep believing, keep trusting, and keep on living.
With a Hallelujah
Though my song has been stolen, You sing over me.
When my lips cannot even form one plea, You intercede for me.
In the threatening darkness, You light my way.
On the frontline of my battles, You spread the banner of love over me.
When I think I can no longer go on, You strengthen me.
Though my hope becomes like a caged bird, You free it.
When fear spreads its fingers around my neck, choking me, You are my breath.
At the edge of the precipice, You make me fly.
When pain floods over me, almost drowning me, You help me walk on water.
Though my heart quakes within my chest, You make me courageous.
When I need You, You never fail me.
And at the end, when nothing else is left to say,
I will die with a a sacrifice of praise and a hallelujah on my lips.
8 thoughts on “With a Hallelujah: a poem and a prayer”
Praying for you, Jenny!
Thank you, Kristina! I appreciate your kindness.
Thank you for this.
Hi Denise 😊 You’re welcome! Thanks for reading it.
Jenny, I’m so sorry that you have been feeling under the weather and so pray that you will feel better soon. I loved your poem, “With a Hallelujah”, so know that God is still working through you🥰. The study you mentioned, I wondered if it was with Joni Tada Eareckson? I’m not familiar with the study, but I’m very familiar with Joni and all her struggles. She certainly has been an inspiration to so many. May you be blessed so you can continue to be a blessing to others through all your good works🙏
Thanks, Joyce. The struggles with my health are getting more difficult, and often there are less answers. I appreciate your kindness and your prayers. Yes, I should’ve said Joni Eareckson Tada. I guess I figured most people would recognize Joni and Friends. The study is really good and uplifting. My sister Lisa actually gave it to me.
What a beautiful, inspiring poem/prayer, Jenny! Even through all the pain, He is always right beside us, never leaving us nor forsaking us! I love how you expressed your love for Him as well as His unfailing love for you. A love that is absolutely awesome and NEVER ending. My prayer is that others who are in this kind of pain can find this same deep love and friendship with the friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Jenny, this is beautiful and heart wrenching! Tears, prayers, hugs and much love. I pray His love, mercy and peace over you today🙏❤️