Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Grief Interrupted

Hope entombed--
Hope lamented, two soggy days of tears--
Hope awaiting grief-laden arms' anointing--
Hope gone missing, angels in His stead--
Hope speaks my name--
Hope lives.


You turned my lament into dancing;
You removed my sackcloth
and clothed me with gladness,


so that I can sing to You and not be silent.


LORD my God, I will praise You forever (Psalm 30:11-12, HCSB).



Exploring today with the Holy Experience community what it means to live Easter. . .



and with the Imperfect Prose community how God redeems our brokenness. . .


and with Melanie's encouragement festival. . .

26 comments:

  1. Beautiful and true. Hope lives. And something about the soggy days makes the Hope experience all the richer.

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  2. @Amy Yes, the soggy days do enrich the return of hope.

    Like your new profile picture.

    The Lord bless and keep you and yours.

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  3. Hope lives is something I cling to, no matter what happens. Jesus, The Gift himself, gave us such a gift in being able to hope on.

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  4. Love it! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. "hope lives", and at any time in life, any circumstance, hope interrupts the grief. Hope is a beautiful gift.

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  6. and in the end glad you never lost it...hope...always there...

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  7. That is my kinda poem - love it!

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  8. Amen! I will sing to You and not be silent! :)

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  9. I like how you tied the hope to the moments of dejection. That really resonates with me - hope is when our hearts are most alive, somehow, in moments both good and not-so-much.

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  10. Jesus is our living Hope! Praise God!

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  11. Such an embarrassment of riches in the comments today! Thank you, gracious friends.

    @Ruthiey: You're exactly right. "Hope" in the poem refers to Jesus. :)

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  12. This is beautiful!!

    I would love for you to come link up your post at my "Encouragement is Contagious!" linky party! And... please link up some of your other favorites from blogs you love! Then, those bloggers will also get lots of unexpected, encouraging comments! It's all about encouraging one another for His praise!

    Blessings!
    Melanie

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  13. I love it! I love that God interrupts our grief to give us hope for Life Everlasting! How else could we ever survive the loss of those gone before us! When we lost a baby girl half way through the pregnancy, grief was interrupted with His promises - that promise turned my grief, my lament to dancing!

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  14. It's good that hope stays alive
    As all one can do is strive
    Until what they wish comes to pass
    And they can walk in their bare feet through the grass

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  15. @Melanie Thanks for the affirmation and invitation, Melanie. Working on that. :)

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  16. @bluecottonmemory How heartbreaking for you! I'm so sorry for your loss but join you in praising God for the comfort and hope He has given in the midst of it. May our Father continue to pour comfort and hope into your family's hearts. Thanks so much for coming by and sharing your story.

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  17. @Pat Hatt It's nice to meet you, Pat. Thank you for stopping by and contributing to the discussion. The Lord bless you.

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  18. Hope gone missing, angels in His stead...


    so, so beautiful. xo

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  19. @emily wierenga Thank you, kind friend. May you grow in knowing Him who is Hope today.

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  20. This is beautiful. . . reminds me of Proverbs 13:12. . . "but when the desire cometh, it is a TREE OF LIFE"! Thank you for sharing -- it's great to find you!

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  21. @Shari Lovely to meet you, Shari! That proverb dovetails perfectly. Thank you for the insight. Grace and peace to you in Christ.

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  22. Absolutely beautiful. Praying for you today!

    Thanks SO much for linking up at the the "Encouragement is Contagious" linky party at my blog, "Only A Breath"! I hope your week is a wonderful one!

    Blessings!
    Melanie

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  23. @Melanie Thanks for coming back and redoing your comment after the blogger problem last week. :) God bless you!

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  24. Enjoyed your blog. Blessings, Debbie (my sisters and I have started a new blog and would love you to come visit and leave a comment)

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