Pause for Poetry — When They Fall


by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Welcome to Pause for Poetry featuring a poem written by my writer-friend, Shirley Specht Johnson.

When They Fall
By Shirley Specht Johnson

A burden and a heaviness is in my heart today.
You see Lord, it’s my child, and he has seemed to lost his way.
His eyes used to reflect your precious tender love.
His heart was full of compassion that could only come from above.
Now his conversation is different, his views are not the same,
and often when I see his eyes they reflect disappointment and pain.
Oh my precious Savior, is there something I can do to help my child today?
My eyes began to fill with tears when I heard him say…
“Let my love flow through you,
have gentle words to say,
let your heart not be complacent,
and have a fervency when you pray.”
“Let your eyes not look in judgement,
nor allow your lips to criticize,
and always be his friend
for his adversary will try.”
“Although you do not understand
his disappointment or his pain,
understand I love him,
and my love I will not refrain.”
“What you see on the surface
Is not what appears to be.”
“There is a battle raging,
but I will bring forth the victory.”
“The hearts that have been broken,
I can heal and mend.”
“Let my love shine through you,
and always be his friend.”
Be encouraged and know that which I purge
I will indeed refine.”
“Be encouraged and know his hand
Is not far from mine.”
Always speak in love,
no matter the time of day,
and always have a fervency,
a fervency when you pray.”

Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy, when I fall I shall arise,
When I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me.
Micah 7:8 (KJV)

Shirley Specht Johnson loves to share inspiration and encouragement through her writing. She is a member of SCBWI and is currently participating in 12X12. She loves to read and has volunteered at her local Public Library as an Adult Literacy Tutor. She shares moments of inspiration and her writing life at her blog.

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