"Sometimes while I'm talking to God, He'll show me something about myself in such a way that I have to laugh at my own humanity and how funny I must look to Him." - Donna

Donna...just found your blog...I absolutely love it! And I love your singing! I'm at work right now and it was just exactly what I needed to hear to help me make it through tonight! Thanks for your ministry here!
- Robert

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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Cleansing Grace

Bitterness pools deep within the soul -
dark and murky with bottom unseen.

Stagnation hides resentment and lost desires,
locked in muddy sediment of unfulfilled dreams.

Daily the cesspit grows deeper.

Can anything stir emotions; cause still waters to flow?

Anger has been the only turbine –
the cause of untold hurt and pain.

Is there nothing that can clear the waters?
Is there relief from the turmoil within?

Can darkness receive light
and hope be renewed once again?

With cleansing God alone can perform,
His love purifies the depths of the heart,
ridding the soul of bitterness
revealing tenderness only grace can impart.

Forgiveness rushes through the depths
with penetrating power unknown to man
Refreshing the capacity to love.

Faith and hope remain.

© Donna J. Shepherd


Brooke said...

Hi Donna,

Wow, great poem! And congrats on your recent publishing successes! I'm so happy for you. Keep on writing for God, 'cause He is so great, and worthy of our very best. God bless you, Donna, as you continue down the path He's called you to.

Love in Him,

Donna J. Shepherd said...

Oh, thank you so much! I was hesitant about sharing this, but I received some encouragement from Suz, my poetic friend, that it wasn't bad. :)

Toni Star said...

Beautiful, Donna! You certainly know how to reach one's heart!

Toni Star

jomo said...

Very profound and heart-touching. Great rhythm also. Thanks for this, Donna. It made my day bright!

Donna J. Shepherd said...

Thank you, Toni!

John, praise from a poet brightened MY day! Thanks!


BHGA said...


You have more than captured how His love moves in our lives...beautiful !!


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