A p r o n h e a d -- Lilly Green


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.

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

  1. Robyn G says:

    This is beautiful.. and so true. Thank you.

  2. reinkat says:

    I read these beautiful words, and the icon of the Christ the Bridegroom comes immediately to my mind. What a meditation this is, to sit before his image and pray.

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