Sunday, September 26, 2010
Let's face it, life can be hard sometimes. But when we pray, things change...people change...we change. I wrote this poem and thought I'd share it with you. It's about many of life's challenges--whether it's a trying season or day-to-day living--and how we need to PRAY anyway. Enjoy! And pray on...
When the bills are due, when the pain lingers on,
or the adoption agency is taking too long.
When you’re trying to balance family and work,
or your boss is annoying or simply berserk.
When a prodigal child simply will not come home,
or the debt collectors won’t leave you alone.
When the car wreck leaves you with metal to mend,
or the man that you loved left you for your best friend.
When you feel overwhelmed—always busy and stressed—
or you can’t seem to focus and your house is a mess.
When you’re lonely, depressed, or stuck in your life,
and you wonder if you’re a good person or wife.
When there’s trauma or pain, or just day-to-day living,
or you find that you always do most of the giving.
When you’re pondering daily the life you’ve been dealt,
with finances, job, relationships, health.
When you’re searching for wisdom, or purpose, or faith
some heart healing, joy, simplicity, space.
When there’s less in your wallet and more on your thighs,
and your mind reels with questions, like “What? How? or Why?”
When you don’t understand and you can’t see the way,
You need four simple words: “Lord, teach me to pray.”
Don’t give up, don’t give in, even though strength seems gone,
Just hold on to hope and pray on, friend.
-- Jackie M. Johnson
Jackie M. Johnson is an author and freelance writer in Colorado. Her hope-filled and encouraging books include "Power Prayers for Women," "When Love Ends and the Ice Cream Carton Is Empty" and "Powerful Prayers for Challenging Times." Jackie also writes the Living Single blog on Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk website.