Poem A Day Challenge – Day 24

Today’s prompt over on Poetic Asides to write a faith poem produced some gorgeous and inspirational poetry. I think we explore our faith, and it is most tested, when we experience death, which is what prompted my poem.  I’ve included the lyrics to the hymn mentioned in the poem below, as well.

You always said
Lay it in God’s hands
In those first hours
you were slipping away
But your eyes
still met mine
gave a
Nod
Faint smile
I pulled your
Novenas
Rosary
Hymn books
From your night stand
The only possessions that
were yours after we moved
you into one of those places
where the name is oddly
full of whimsy
All those worn pages
your notations
told me which ones
formed the basis for that fortress
of strength you were

At first your lips moved
to prayers
that were woven long ago
into the fabric of you
But then as
I sang
Be Not Afraid
I watched you slip further
Away
I’d like to think
You were walking
Into God’s hands

 

BE NOT AFRAID  (written by: Bob Dufford)

You shall cross the barren desert
But you shall not die of thirst
You shall wander far in safety
Though you do not know the way.

You shall speak your words in foreign lands
And all will understand
You shall see the face of God and live.

Be not afraid
I go before you always
Come follow Me
And I WILL give you rest.

If you pass through raging waters
In the sea, you shall not drown
If you walk amidst the burning flames
You shall not be harmed.

If you stand before the pow’r of hell
And death is at your side
Know that I am with you, through it all.

Be not afraid
I go before you always
Come follow Me
And I will give you rest.

Blessed are your poor
For the Kingdom shall be theirs
Blest are you that weep and mourn
for one day you shall laugh.

And if wicked tongues insult and hate you
All because of Me
Blessed, blessed are you!

Be not afraid
I go before you always
Come follow Me
and I WILL GIVE you rest…

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