A Psalm for Dark Days

The Valley of the Shadow of Death, 1866
Sir Joseph Noel Paton
You fill me,
every waking hour-
 I am yours.
 Though I stumble and falter
You stand strong.
Your right hand does hold me.
Oh, Lord, though I walk through the valley of death,
and darkness surrounds me-
You are there.
You are my ever present help in times of trouble.
I walk with eyes fixed on You.
Lord, my eyes will not 
depart from your
steady gaze,
in this current haze-
and though hell itself rises up,
to crush me-
You stand strong,
and take the blows.
You shield me.
When I think I can’t go on,
You carry me,
lay me down 
and stroke my hair
with gentle hand.
With you, I persevere.
While I sleep
You nurture my soul
and make me whole.
I am content knowing you are near 
as close as breath,
and in death 
I will not fear.
Even now
You are here.
With you I remain-
You stand strong.
* I am a fan of religious art throughout all time- and this is my favorite painting. It ministers to me beyond words. I have a very small copy I cut out from an art book many years ago. I hope someday to own my own framed print. When I wrote this poem early this morning, this image came to my mind again. 
Linking with dVerse for Open Link Night. Amen. With Smiles. 

13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mystic_Mom
    Oct 29, 2013 @ 19:43:42

    Love. Love. Bless you.

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  2. Brian Miller
    Oct 29, 2013 @ 20:20:23

    nice…this makes me think of one of the psalms you know….reads like one….and def keeping your eyes on…i try…i may fail at times but i try…smiles.

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  3. Claudia
    Oct 29, 2013 @ 20:21:02

    nice…i'm loving the psalms…so much comfort and honesty in what the people wrote… often so raw and straight from the heart… can def. feel your heart in this as well

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  4. Anonymous
    Oct 29, 2013 @ 21:32:45

    There are definite echoes of a few of the Biblical Psalms; the 23rd is definitely in there. Lovely poem of faith, Dawn.

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  5. Dawn Paoletta
    Oct 29, 2013 @ 22:56:12

    There are a few psalms reflected -absolutely! 23, 27 as well as a number of scripture!

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  6. Anonymous
    Oct 30, 2013 @ 00:04:17

    This is truly beautiful and so expressively written. And may I also say, I absolutely love the wave song on your blog. marvelous! (How do you do that? )

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  7. Katie
    Oct 30, 2013 @ 01:02:40

    Very well written. Very comforting. 🙂

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  8. Anonymous
    Oct 30, 2013 @ 01:21:47

    a bit of a modern day psalm – I liked it

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  9. Joe Klein
    Oct 30, 2013 @ 01:27:23

    Like a prayer affirmation.

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  10. Mel
    Oct 30, 2013 @ 01:54:14

    Beautiful Dawn! Absolutely beautiful!

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  11. Dawn Paoletta
    Oct 30, 2013 @ 11:22:28

    The waves are compliments of Grooveshark! If you scroll to the bottom of my blog page, you will see a little Box and you can check them out and create any combination of music, sounds, song! Thanks for the visit, and words.

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  12. Jen Ferguson
    Oct 30, 2013 @ 20:24:34

    “I walk with eyes fixed on You.” I've been looking at the wrong thing. Thank you for showing me that in such a beautiful way.

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  13. Anonymous
    Oct 31, 2013 @ 23:17:56

    Love the ocean with a beautiful prayer. Thanks.

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