Safely Kept

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I’m not Job
But I see my world slipping away
I’m not Jeremiah,
lamenting all through the night and day

I’m not Daniel
yet the lion has come to devour
I’m not Jesus
Awaiting His final hour…

I’m not Paul knocked off his horse
That God might put him
On a different course

I’m not Peter
Walking across  water
Lord, won’t you please,
Help this sinking daughter?

I have sought you daily with tears and my distress
Calling out your name in the midst of this mess

But the seas continue
to churn and rock my boat
Enemies surround me,
Some of them gloat

For they’d rather I’d be
at the bottom of the sea

They keep pouring condemnation
over me

I turn to You alone  and pray that they’d
be set free

But as for me, Lord…

As for me and my house, I beg you today
Show your mercy and grace
I beg you not delay

By faith I’ll cross this ocean
Calling out your name
Jesus, sweet Jesus,
Let these waters be tame

Help me, Help us – I call above the storm
smooth these waters beneath my feet
Cause the stormy seas to calm

But if your will
I sink
To the lowest depths

Meet me there my Savior
For with you I’m safely kept.

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27 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. claudia
    Mar 29, 2014 @ 15:21:54

    oh wow… this reads like a modern psalm.. honest and deep emotions… i think we all have a bit of each of them in us… and he didn’t let peter drown – so he won’t let any of us..

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  2. brian miller
    Mar 29, 2014 @ 15:22:27

    nice psalm/prayer…def have called out just the same in moments of despair when everything was out of my control and i had no hope of getting through it myself…and while i may not be those of the bible, there is a bit of us in them…we can relate…and perhaps find hope….

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  3. Mary
    Mar 29, 2014 @ 15:26:56

    This is such an honest, heartfelt poem. Gut wrenching, but filled with the truths we all confront at times. We implore God / Jesus to hear us and help us. Those last four lines show me the strength of your faith. I know sometimes it is hard, in those moments we cry out!

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  4. Ina
    Mar 29, 2014 @ 16:28:54

    A very good poem, straight from the heart like a prayer.

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  5. createwithjoy
    Mar 29, 2014 @ 16:45:57

    Beautiful poem and photograph – “hear our prayer, Oh Lord!”

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  6. hypercryptical
    Mar 29, 2014 @ 16:49:19

    Sometimes, often, our prayers are not answered. There is, and must be, always hope…
    Anna :o]

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  7. Ginny Brannan
    Mar 29, 2014 @ 17:03:19

    From your lips to God’s ears. Beautiful and heartfelt piece, thanks so much for sharing!

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  8. scotthastiepoet
    Mar 29, 2014 @ 18:29:08

    Realistic, humble, a tender evocation of faith Dawn – a comfort to many, I’m sure… With Best Wishes Scott

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  9. Colleen@LooseLeafNotes
    Mar 29, 2014 @ 20:04:16

    I could see you reading it from the pulpit in church!

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  10. Bryan Ens
    Mar 29, 2014 @ 20:27:12

    I hadn’t read Claudia’s comment when I thought it’s a modern day Psalm. Beautiful

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  11. summerstommy2
    Mar 29, 2014 @ 20:35:43

    I get the prayer nature of your work Dawn and you giving of yourself to a far greater power. Nicely done.

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  12. Truedessa
    Mar 29, 2014 @ 22:14:12

    I like the flow of your words and the realization that hope is always waiting and your faith will get you through..

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  13. Barbie
    Mar 29, 2014 @ 23:12:41

    This is so beautiful Dawn. It speaks so much of how I feel at times. Have a blessed week.

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  14. kamana
    Mar 30, 2014 @ 00:04:50

    being in constant communication with the lord makes me feel closer to him and helps me stay on the path he has set out for me. love this.

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  15. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Mar 30, 2014 @ 02:23:32

    The way we are often left to our devices.. Miracles we ask for, but at the end most of us sink. Maybe it’s our effort and willingness to help each other that’s the only things that count.

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  16. lynndiane
    Mar 30, 2014 @ 06:48:36

    May your heartfelt cries be answered by His love! This prayer is full of faith…no matter what.

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  17. ayala
    Mar 30, 2014 @ 07:42:48

    Great poem!

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  18. Sumana Roy
    Mar 30, 2014 @ 07:54:29

    love the strong faith in God’s Will in the closing lines..

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  19. kelly
    Mar 30, 2014 @ 07:55:43

    Your faith, and your hope, are palpable here. These are words to find comfort in, finding your way home.

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  20. shortybear
    Mar 30, 2014 @ 16:26:27

    Wow, you totally poured out your heart, very beautiful. God is listening, I promise. I love you.

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  21. Gabriella
    Mar 31, 2014 @ 06:35:12

    I liked the very personal way you used biblical figures and images. The closing lines are very powerful.

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  22. NiftyBetty
    Oct 16, 2015 @ 00:17:53

    Have you put this to song?

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