The Valley of Tears

“As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools.” Psalm 84:6 (NIV). In the Hebrew, the word “baka” means tears. In Psalm 84, the sons of Korah write their praises of God and note that those whose strength is in theContinue reading “The Valley of Tears”

A Taste of a Poem

  Darkness to Light – A Poem I have been challenged us to stop hiding behind the masquerade of a perfect life, and share our struggles so that others might benefit from our journey with God. Then yesterday morning, during my prayer time, a poem came to me that shows my own struggles with depression.Continue reading “A Taste of a Poem”

Confession – A Villanelle

This poem is written in the “villanelle* form. I wrote it as a reminder to myself of how hard the darkness of depression can be, so that I don’t lose my compassion for those in my world who are struggling to find the Light. But it is also a reminder that the Light of ChristContinue reading “Confession – A Villanelle”

Poetry of the Broken

Last Saturday I purchased a wonderful find at Powell’s Books (Portland, Oregon’s own homegrown new and used bookstore) – a used book called “Invisible Light: Poems about God” – for only $4.50. And it is in excellent condition. It is a collection of poems by various poets, some well known and some not so well known,Continue reading “Poetry of the Broken”