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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Staff (01/31/13)

TITLE: Leaning into the Joy
By Alicia Renkema


Leaning into the Joy

Oh Lord,
I lay my sin
at Your feet.
Precious Lord,
hold my hand
till we meet.
So lonely,
oh so lonely,
I rest my weary body
upon my stairway rail.
Feeling frail --
like I'll
never 'sail'
anywhere again...

Pain in my body
makes me feel stilted;
my friends
are so agile
quick and so spry.
While I lean on my cane
life's adventures are
faster and faster passing
me by.

Will anything ever get better
or is this for a higher purpose
to bring me out
of the dull and dry
every day-life?

I have spent much time
interceding for others
time in loving
and fervent prayer.
Time I wouldn't have
other wise spared
if it weren't
for the staff
Jesus used
to show me the way
teaching me
how to
constructively pray.

I fumble
with cane
and cushions
taking trolleys
to appointments...
This makes it hard
for me
to travel
my body's painful stride
while putting a sore spot in my pride.

This opens a window
to see another's pain
in a way
I know
I otherwise
would not.

A divine opportunity
now knocks
at the door.
AlI I can do
is put
my hand in Yours.

You bring glory
to our troubles.
Cast a shine
on dingy rubble.
Dry up those heartfelt tears
of recent past and long ago...

Father, how I praise You,
for if tomorrow
I still know
this painful staff
only change my heart;
enlarge my path.

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Margaret Kearley 02/08/13
This is beautiful and whether the pain that hampers us is physical, emotional or spiritual, your lovely poem applies. Thank you for sharing this.
C D Swanson 02/08/13
Beautiful words...and the message is abundantly clear. Lovely job with this. God Bless~
Judith Gayle Smith02/11/13
Exquisitely poignant . . .
lynn gipson 02/11/13
Pain in my body
makes me feel stilted;
my friends
are so agile
quick and so spry.
While I lean on my cane
life's adventures are
faster and faster passing
me by.

Way to go, Jerseygirl! I can almost know what your are going through, not quite cause I'm not you, but the above words could have come from my diary.
Beaufitul, just beautiful. Your love for Him and your faith shouts out in this one.
Sheldon Bass 02/12/13
Really good jerseygirl, Something I think that everyone can relate to in some way is pain and hardship. I would have liked to see the purpose for these difficulties "discovered" in your piece, but perhaps it is enough to leave us thinking. May God allow you to see you what we see so clearly; that you are a tremendous blessing to the world.
Susan Montaperto02/13/13
Thank you for so eloquently expressing your pain, your fatith and your love for Christ.
God Bless.
Danielle King 02/13/13
What a beautiful heartfelt poem. And what a wonderful message. Loved it.
Richard Hicks02/13/13
I was pulled in, and deeply inspired by your words. Very touching and truth. Looking forward to reading more of your poetry and writings. God Bless!
Bea Edwards 02/13/13
Stunning poem my dear. Our pain does bring glory to Him if we see past it and through it. You did a splendid job making this an application we can all appreciate.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/14/13
This is really lovely. I have lived with chronic pain for more than half of my life and while I despise the pain, I love the opportunities it brings to glorify God. Congratulations on ranking 9 in level two! HAPPY DANCE!!
Vince Martella02/16/13
I agree with all the comments here. I'm not a student of poetry, but the emotion of this piece speaks loud and clear. Well done.