Tuesday, August 6, 2019

I Never Knew


I never knew, Lord
If I did, I'd stay
At home, safe from fray
But I chose to go
The school supplies I need
For my children, calling
Compelling me to move
And suddenly, no more
I won't be going home
To them.  Alone they are
Except for Your promise
That You will never leave them
For Your faithfulness
Reaches to the skies.

I pen this poem on the day of the horrific shooting in El Paso, Texas, only to wake the next morning to read about more mass casualties in Dayton, Ohio.  Let us pray for the innocent victims who are now with the Lord, their grieving families and friends, and for the healing of our nation, one torn and heartbroken by these recent tragedies.  May God heal and restore our country, and strengthen our resolve to serve Him.

Amen.

22 comments:

  1. Praying as requested, Martha.

    R.I.P.

    God bless.

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    1. Thank you, Victor. Prayers are needed more than ever.
      Love and blessings!

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  2. Sad. But praying for the victims and families. And even the shooter and family. Let's all pray, not for tougher gun laws (Laws don't change people's hearts; God does) but the healing of our nation and a return to God's principles.

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    1. I agree, Bill, that no amount of laws can change a heart, only God's love can. Praying for all, and our nation, right along with you.
      Love and blessings!

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  3. Joining you in prayer, Martha... Healing and Restoration is needed!

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    1. Yes, Ryan, healing and restoration . . . Glad to know you're praying, my friend.
      Love and blessings!

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  4. What a gift, your words! Prayers continuing!

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    1. Thanks so much, Mevely! Yes, let's all keep those prayers coming.
      Love and blessings!

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  5. Your poem is powerful Martha. what a time we live in. Not that mass killings did not happen before internet, blogs, computer, phones, etc. The bible is full of this kind of masses of people getting killed. It's just in our face now, all the bad is in our face and we are forced to deal with our emotions and perspectives as we sort it all out. I tend to stand on, someday this all will end, someday.

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    1. Oh, let us pray that someday, all this madness will end, Betty. Man's inhumanity to man has existed since Cain and Abel, but it is so much more in our faces with the internet and national news. So hard to bear . . .
      Love and blessings!

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  6. Oh Martha this is so sad...and what you wrote is beautiful! Lord, help all the children...have mercy on our land...amen!

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    1. Amen, Marla, it is so, so sad when lives are senselessly lost. And may God truly heal our hearts and our minds in this country, and be with those who are grieving right now.
      Love and blessings!

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  7. Martha, you've penned another beautiful poem. Yes, we must pray for the survivors, as well as their families and for the families of those who didn't come home. I agree with Bill's words above too.

    Love and blessings!

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    1. Yes, Bill expressed it beautifully, Kim! Thank you for your kind words about the poem. May the prayers of all of us continue for all of victims and their families.
      Love and blessings!

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  8. Compelling poem. YES, PRAY!
    Blessings, My Friend!

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    1. Yes, Loralu, let us fill the "prayer-waves."
      Love and blessings!

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  9. So unbelievably sad! Thank you for your contribution!

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    1. Yes, Laurie, it's all so heart-wrenching. Praying for these families and our nation.
      Love and blessings!

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  10. Amen, and amen, sweet sister. It is just devastating. I was born and raised in Dayton, OH, and it is all just so heart wrenching. May the dear Lord have mercy on all who grieve and send the healing, as you said. Many blessings to you today!

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    1. Having grown up there, Cheryl, you must feel the pain of this tragedy in a more personal way. And yes, may God hold those who grieve in His loving arms, comforting them with His great love.
      Love and blessings!

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