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This week: Nothing
All the times when despair and desolation
Chase hard –
Like a cold shot of iced tequila down
An already burning throat
Like falcon on prey –
Plummeting, bullet-fast out of the steel-blue sky
Like the inevitable hurl of an avalanche
Over the lip of an unsuspecting cliff
All those times that leave me shaking; autumn’s last leaf
Clinging to the threads of summer's life
I am buried
Under the torrent of snow
Under the onslaught of feathers
Under the drunken blast
I am withered to the smallest bit of nothing.
This is all the time.
This is where I live.
This is what lies behind the curtain.
This is the lie.
And it lies,
Rancorous and hard –
A cutting razor’s edge that tears
But in the moment before it all closes
Over my head
I hear you.
Who have never left.
My One Defense, My Righteousness
Sifting through the interminable mess
The nothing I would be without You.
And your words speak calm,
They speak true,
They speak a refining fire over me
So much so that darkness flees –
Doubt flies –
The vast expanse of nothing that was,
But the fountain of grace;
Flowing from the mercy seat.
From your heart;
Broken once and again for me
(even if it was only me)
Every hour I need you
And so it goes.
My struggle to believe.
And so it goes on.
Your transformative work –
To take nothing
(as you did in the beginning)
And make a miracle –
Bringing life from the dark.
Holiness is Christ in me
My story for your glory.
Nothing but that.
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