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Topic: Fearful (08/23/07)
TITLE: Boogie Man Be Gone!
By Diane Johnson
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Because of the dark, I was afraid in my bedroom.
Iíd think, maybe, just maybe, itíll be different tonight,
Maybe there's hope I won't suffer the fright?
I turn down the bedcovers and climb into my bed,
Thereís soft snoring of sisters as I lay down my head.
Iím feeling alone, filled with uncontrollable terror and dread,
Fearful again of the long night that I know lay ahead.
I'm careful to curl up as tight as I can.
What's that sound I just heard? Oh no, no please not again!
I hate this darkness that comes and consumes me now;
Why can't others see or feel all the terrors around?
My legs are so tired of being curled up;
My heart keeps pounding, and I can't make it stop.
For snakes lie underneath and at the foot of my bed;
I am so tired and scared and afraid of death.
Don't look toward the closet, the monsters lurk there.
And the worse is to happen for I sense Boogie Man's here.
A dreadful Dark Presence I can feel but not see;
Out of depths' darkness, he has come to torment me.
"Youíre going to DIE and will be no more!" shrieks he.
"Youíll have no more life, no more family, no more identity!"
Iím paralyzed and struggle until finally escapes my small cry,
"Daddy!" "Daddy!" I hold my breath with my eyes open wide..
I can hear Daddyís footsteps as he rushes to my side,
"It's OK sweetheart, Iím here so you will be alright."
He clicks on the hall light, so its warm glow filters in;
Then he kisses my forehead and heads back to bed.
My fears now relieved with the knowledge of this;
That my daddy's near by, I can still feel his kiss.
So whenever Iím afraid of the dark and cannot see.
I can call on my daddy, and he will be there for me.
Later in years, when Darkness comes to stalk me with fear,
I remember the experiences of my past and hold dear.
Always cherishing my fatherís love and comfort of long ago,
Yet, there is One whose love is greater, to whom I now know.
When I cry out "Heavenly Father!" He quickly answers and says,
"My child, don't be afraid, I AM here! I AM your rescue and strength.
Call on Me whether day or night, if your Boogie Man comes,
For My Light commands all darkness and fear to flee and be gone!"
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