To Be Known

Pouring from deep emotion longing for expression, this poem grew from Christian Writer’s November Blog Chain theme, “Nine”, and these nine (nine letter) words/phrases that kept thundering through my thoughts: engulfing, exquisite, sanctuary, shattered, softening, suffocate, surrender, touch deep, to be known. Overwhelmed by the terrible, exquisite love of God is this, my heart, on my 46th birthday:

Pierce me with your words
Shatter me with your love
Drench my soul in compassion
Engulfing life and breath and passion

I’m not OK!
Can’t breathe

Iron lament
Thundering,
Churning,
Suffocating tumult of
Rock hard words
Foaming white,
Painted into
Silence
Too big to swallow

Embers neatly nailed into
Square glass frames

Oh, agony of being
Burned alive!

Shards of self
Raw
Consumed,

Every
Thought,
Word,
Breath
Known

Oh, how I long to be known!

Understood
Beyond the painted frame,
More than what I do or wear,
Who I am or
How I speak…

Deep calling to deep

O God!

My soul thirsts for You!
My body longs for You,
Soul clings to you,
Because love is better than life!

I groan and my spirit is weak,
Too troubled to speak

Oh, agony of surrender!

Terrible…Exquisite,
In the shelter of His wings

Gently singing…

Love
Touch
Presence

Prayer

To the God of my life.

*These words were drawn from the following verses, sometimes in whole, sometimes in part or in theme, because who knows the emotions of our souls better than the One who created them?

Show me, O Lord, my life’s end
And the number of my days;
Let me know how fleeting is my life.
You have made my days a mere handbreadth;
The span of my years is as nothing before you.
Each man’s life is but a breath. (Psalm 39:4-5)

My soul thirsts for God, the living God, (Psalm 42:2)
Deep calls to deep
In the roar of Your waterfalls. (Psalm 42:7)
By day the Lord directs His love,
At night His song is with me –
A prayer to the God of my life. (Psalm 42:8)

My body longs for You, (Psalm 63:1a)
Because love is better than life (Psalm 63:3)
Soul clings to you… (Psalm 63:7-8)

So I will sing in the shadow of Your wings.
And rest in You alone. (Psalm 62:1)

You are awesome, O God, in your sanctuary… (Psalm 68:35a)

I remembered you, O God, and I groaned;
I mused, and my spirit grew faint.
You kept my eyes from closing;
I was too troubled to speak. (Psalm 77:3-4)

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20 responses to “To Be Known

  1. raw passion… that’s what I love about the psalms… and this pouring out of your heart. A very big Happy Birthday hug to you!

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  2. From the depths of your heart’s pain to mine and back again! All my heart’s joy, comfort, and prayer pour out to you. May the Lord bless you in a special way in whatever you need from Him. Bless you, my sweet friend, and may there be joy in celebrating this your day! Love you!

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  3. Sharon O

    wow such beautiful words, and powerful too.

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  4. wow! This is really good. Great post. I like the line about the agony of surrender. This is very insightful.

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  5. You are a very special lady, Cindee. To lay your heart bare so that those around you may witness, relate, and learn is a powerful testimony to your passion and love. The “agony of surrender,” indeed.

    I wish the very happiest of birthdays to a dear and lasting friend.

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  6. Happy Birthday to you Cindee. One can feel the passion alive in your writing, love it!!

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  7. very well put
    Happy birthday
    Biiiiiiiiiiiig hug

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  8. Sending you belated Birthday Wishes. As always, an interesting and enlightening post. Peace and Blessings throughout the next year.

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  9. Another wonderful, powerful and moving poem, Cindee. Thank you for once more moving my spirit. Wishing you birthday greetings, too.

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  10. As always, your words leave me breathless

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  11. You are a modern day psalmist! Lovely.

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  12. susie snider

    Your writing warms my heart!

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  13. Once again I am awed by someone who can use few words to evoke such emotion and meaning.

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  14. Potent images…well done. Happy Birthday, too!

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  15. Another stunningly beautiful poem, Cindee. As well as the photos.

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  16. thinking of the right word–heart touching . . . nah.
    Heart felt . . . nah
    Heart wrenching . . . maybe
    Thanks for sharing.

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  17. A happy belated birthday, Cindee, and a prayer that your poetic heart’s cry for more of God is being heard and fulfilled with every passing day.

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  18. I can feel the deep ache that speaks through your words. The ache of humanity and of the Divine. God bless you and thank you for sharing this beautiful poem….

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  19. Deep calling to deep, indeed. Thankful for the God who knows our every longing for Him, and to Him to satisfies. Happy birthday to you, too.

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