Breathe Joy into Me – a poem, a prayer, and a plea

POEM

God,
I’ve been feeling so discouraged,
Two steps forward, one step back,
Feeling like my soul is tired,
Over extended, under attack.

Oh to have my joy back!
I know it is mine for the asking.
To gain it I must first surrender to you
The pain that my sadness is masking.
The tiredness, the sickness,
The constant striving,
On my own human power
It keeps me from thriving.
Oh, God, please be infused in me.
They way Holy Spirit desires to be.

I want to have my joy back –
That birthright you left in the empty tomb.
I want the peace – the good shalom –
You left me in that Upper Room.
The weary dark replaced instead with
Your open, welcoming arms,
The chronic illness bested by
Your protection from all harm.

Oh God, please inhabit me, my
Source of peace so close to me
That Holy Spirit breathes in me,
Breathe joy into me.

Remind me that two steps forward –
In spite of the one step back –
Still means that I am traveling
On the forward-moving track.

Oh to have my joy back!
I know it is mine for the asking.
Oh, God, please be infused in me.
The way Holy Spirit desires to be.

And all the days of my life I will be,

Yours.

6 thoughts on “Breathe Joy into Me – a poem, a prayer, and a plea

  1. I pray the same prayer – God please give me my joy back. I still struggle with turning over my pain, the anger, that is repeatedly my one step back. God grant you your joy back Jana, one step, one day at a time. Thank you for sharing such a personal heart rending prayer/poem.

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  2. Jana thank you for adding your prayer to mine. And God, I raise a prayer to you that you bestow on Jana the same joy she has requested for me. God does send us friends that pray for us when we need it most!

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