dampened spirits

Deborah Beach Giordano
© March 15, 2012

Do you wish to know the Creator of the cosmos, the Designer of the constellations who turns night into day, and back again? Do you seek the One who summons the tide and calls forth the storm clouds, who refreshes the earth with rain? The Lord is his name.
~ Amos 5:8

It’s raining here, Lord,
as You know ….
and You know
how dearly the earth
needs this rain,
and how grateful we are
for its cleansing
and refreshing
presence.

But You also know
that these wet streets
and storm-dimmed skies
bring some hearts to grief;
so close are they
to despair
that the obscuring
of the sun
seems too much to bear;

as if the faint hope
that once glimmered
distantly
was extinguished,
turning shapeless fears
into terrible imaginings
unconstrained
in the endless
evil darkness.

For them, this grayness
is oppressive;
the rain
falls like teardrops
and no amount
of promised future-flowers
can amend the sadness
that accompanies
these late-winter showers.

In Your mercy,
O Shelter from the storm,
dry their eyes
and heal their hurts,
turn the cloud-damp sky
into a holy font;
let the rain become
a baptism of grace
and restoration.

Let them see
and feel
and truly know
that the Light still shines;
that the sun, though hidden,
never goes away,
that Your love and compassion
surround and protect us
always.

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About inklingscommunity

I am a struggling Christian, committed pacifist, near-obsessive recycler, incurable animal lover, inveterate tree-hugger; a nature mystic, a socialized introvert, an advocate for the vulnerable, an opponent of exploiters.
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