You can’t do enough right.

You can’t wishful-think the dark edges of reality away—

it will come.

It will come unbidden,

unrehearsed and unwanted.

And it will sting like the devil.

But though I walk in the shadows,

a holy light prepares at least one step,

maybe even two.

And I stumble,


not predicting safety, not earning grace,

just grasping in desperate reliance on a sure Lord

who even dwells in desperate and dark places.

About apronheadlilly

wife and mother, musician, composer / poet, teacher, and observer of the world, flawed Christ-follower
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19 Responses to Reliance

  1. Love the darkness in the clouds offset by the silhouettee in the foreground

  2. belocchio says:

    The photograph may be dark and forbidding (and beautiful) but the words of the poem offer hope. V.

  3. shellakers says:

    You TOTALLY deserve the very inspired blogger award! As always, this is beautiful… probably even more beautiful than the others. We all need hope.

  4. grand-player says:

    Maybe……………on a sure Lord who ESPECIALLY dwells in desperate and dark places.

  5. Debbie says:

    Good to see you about Shadows again!

  6. jmgoyder says:

    This is so moving.

  7. ly says:

    thanks for that…

  8. v4vikey says:


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