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Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "It's No Use Crying over Spilt Milk" (without using the actual phrase or literal exampl (02/07/08)

TITLE: Yielded
By Arlene Showalter


Numbed in spirit, soul and body, I pressed my face against the cement floor while The Lord's Prayer played softly in the background.

Our Father….

O Father! Daddy! Papa God!

Hallowed be Thy Name…

I know You are holy, but how can You be just? If you are just, why didn't you stop my husband from leaving? As a true Proverbs 31 wife I did all the right things. You say "the king's heart is in the hand of the LORD and [You] direct it wherever [You please]." (Proverbs 21:1) Why didn't you direct my husband's heart back to the wife he vowed to love forever?

Thy kingdom come…

Yes, please come and rescue me from this mess. End the torture now. This earth holds no pleasure for me anymore.

Thy will be done….

Yes, do Your will! Surely it is Your will for my husband to return. Surely it is Your will for us to reconcile. Do Your will and bring him back.

On earth…

It's real painful down here. I can't think about spiritual stuff when my heart is breaking. How can I find heavenly peace in an earthly hell?

As it is in heaven…

Take me now. I want to die. I want out of this mess. I want to be in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread…

How am I going to make ends meet without his income? How can I survive alone?

And forgive us our debts…

Did I sin, God? Is it my fault he left?

As we forgive our debtors…

What? I have to forgive him? He cheated. He lied. He left. You expect me forgive him?

And lead us not into temptation…

I want to get even. How badly I want to hurt him as much as he has hurt me

But deliver us from evil…

"Vengeance is Mine", says the LORD. "I will repay".

For Thine is the kingdom…

O God, forgive my sin. Forgive these black thoughts. It's not about me. It's about You and Your purpose for my life.

And the power…

I know that You are strong enough to see me through this valley.

and the glory…

whatever happens, I bow my heart in humble adoration


from here on out, Lord


As the last Amen of the prayer ended, pure peace settled over my body as a billowy cloud, soaked into my soul and rested in my spirit.

Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.

Psalm 126:5

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Corinne Mann 02/14/08
Wow! Your writing can certainly hit home for many. I myself experienced a marriage where there was a tremendous amount of pain. It ended and I was no stranger to the feelings you wrote about here.
Well written and what a great expression of feelings creatively using the Lord's Prayer as your guide.
Keep writing and many blessings to you.
Laury Hubrich 02/15/08
This was very creative. I feel like you let me in to a very intimate time between you and God. Keep on writing.
Nancy Quinn02/16/08
powerful and touching. I liked the style of writing with the Lord's Prayer in between your thoughts. God bless,
Seema Bagai 02/17/08
Wonderful piece of writing. Your talent and creativity show through. Keep writing.
Joshua Janoski02/19/08
Wow. What a powerful piece of writing! I felt the struggle and emotions as I read it. This is one of my favorites this week.
Marlene Austin02/19/08
Very real, very nice. Thanks for sharing. :)