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POEMS AND PRAYERS BY GEOFF BULLOCK

LOSS….. AN ODE TO DEPRESSION

Sadness, loss, mourning, regret.

Oh my heart, my heavy soul,

Where have you gone,

Who has hidden my light?

Where there were songs and dancing

There is now a grey and barren place.

My life aches for these stolen things.

Oh Lord, my God, my restorer, my peace

I lift my confusion, my deep and dark thoughts,

In these silent moments I will seek the truth,

I will stay my emotions, I will sit and not flee

These days have passed before

And they will soon pass again.

GREY

Today is grey,

a monochromatic sky,

diluted of colour,

drained

washed out.

I struggle with my thoughts,

as my mind slows to a crawl.

Random anxieties,

baseless fears

confused,

without answers,

just the struggling questions.

I suppose faith is for these times,

times when we don’t know,

times when we fear

and worry.

Sometimes just seeing

and hearing

a light in the blahness…..

Sometimes may be unanswered,

Today is grey,

grey is faith

faith for the day.

LORD

let your peace

wrap my mind

with hope

for the darkness

has descended

and my soul

cries out.

Whatever lies behind

is of no account,

and the future lies unformed

and nameless

before me.

somewhere, somehow,

there will be answers

but today

I am scared and quite alone.

You hold my eternity.

you see my life’s span.

history bears witness

to faith’s survival,

even in the face of hopelessness.

when all is summed up and packed away

you are not found distant or remote.

so I draw my comfort

from a heavenfull of witnesses.

I will continue to wait,

whether faithful

or faithless,

for I cannot summon heaven,

only heaven can summon me.

the miracle now is my surprised hope

in your intervention.

In spite of my fear,

the struggles of my heart

will continue to hope,

even in the midst of

this darkness.

I’M LEARNING TO BE LOVED


 I’m learning to be loved, I’m learning to receive

A love that is unearned, unmerited and free.

This love I can receive not struggling to achieve.

I’m learning to be loved.

I’m learning to be loved, this miracle of grace

That finds me as I am and shows me heaven’s face,

Eyes that see my pain, hands that know my shame.

I’m learning to be loved.

This love that knows no end,

This love that knows no bounds,

This love that reaches out

Before my silent prayers.

This heart of heaven speaks

Of grace that mercy meets

Within this heart of mine,

Within this heart of mine

I’m knocking on the door that opens from inside,

I’m seeking for the truth that alone I cannot find.

A wisdom that is shown, a truth that is made known

I’m learning to be loved.

LET THERE BE LIGHT

when your hopes have all ended

Let there be light

when your dreams have all died

Let there be light

when the world shouts you down,

Oh Lord, let there be light.

Let there be light

when your fears turn to failures

Let there be light

in the helpless, hopeless night

Let there be light

for a future full of tears.

Oh Lord, let there be light.

And I’m praying there is light

for the darkness of my soul

I’m hoping there is truth

in the things that I’ve been told.

I’m praying for the morning

to break the deepest night

Oh Lord, let there be light.

Let there be light

when the darkness is descending

Let there be light

when the night is closing in.

Let there be light

when you’re lost and far from home

Oh Lord, let there be light.

I am anxious,

I am nervous

I am scared

and afraid.

I’ve tried climbing

all the ladders

I tried to sing, I tried to pray.

I am full

of endeavours

but all my best has failed

when I am falling

love is holding me

I am found

and I am safe


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© Geoff Bullock. Used with permission. All prayers used by permission of Geoff Bullock – for which A Nouwen Network is so grateful.

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