Darkness to Light – A Poem

In My Tuesday Three post yesterday I challenged us to stop hiding behind the masquerade of a perfect life, and share our struggles so that others might benefit from our journey with God. Then yesterday morning, during my prayer time, a poem came to me that shows my own struggles with depression. I decided to share it today.

8/30/11 update: This poem has been linked to dVerse – Poets Pub for the OpenLinkNight Week #7.

Darkness to Light

Darkness surrounded me
Darkness invaded my mind
Darkness enveloped my very soul

In the darkness
The evil one whispered
Thoughts that seemed my own
They’d be better off without me
It would be better if I was dead

Tears drowned me
Tears flooded my mind
Tears drenched my very soul

Through the tears
The evil one whispered
Thoughts I believed were true
I am broken beyond repair
These tears will never end

Pain ensnared me
Pain clouded my mind
Pain threatened my very soul

Amplifying the pain
The evil one whispered
Thoughts I was powerless to deny
This pain will forever cripple me
I will never know joy

Then His Light
Pierced through the darkness
Illuminating my soul
Revealing the sin in my mind
Proclaiming the way for me

Forgive He whispered
As I’ve forgiven you
Your darkness will subside
His words are true

Then His Love
Dried all my tears
Infusing my soul with joy
Clarifying truth in my mind
Declaring healing for me

Live He whispered
As I live in you
Your tears will be dried
His words are true

Then His Truth
Erased my pain
Protecting my soul
Clearing lies from my mind
Redeeming me

Love He whispered
As I forever love you
Your pain will be set aside
His words are true

Darkness, tears, and pain
Replaced by my Savior’s
Light, Love, and Truth
Holding me forevermore
He is my Light

 3 The cords of death entangled me,
   the anguish of the grave came upon me;
   I was overcome by trouble and sorrow.
4 Then I called on the name of the LORD:
   “O LORD, save me!”

* * * * *

 8 For you, O LORD, have delivered my soul from death,
   my eyes from tears,
   my feet from stumbling,
9 that I may walk before the LORD
   in the land of the living.

Psalm 116 (NIV).

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26 Responses

  1. hi, i found you from deepintoscripture. this is a most beautiful poem. what an awesome testimony. glad i found you. i mostly lurk on blogs where i find hope. would like to say i write, but don’t. just read. there is much hope found in your writings. God bless you.

    • Nancy, I am glad you found my blog, too. And I’m glad to have shared the hope of Jesus with you. He is definitely our source of all hope! Peace, Linda

    • Kellie, The more I am open about where I’ve been and how God has delivered me, the more I find that I am not alone in my experience. That is both sad and comforting. Psalms are my refuge as well. Thanks for stopping by. It’s nice to meet you. I will check out your blog when I have more time. Peace, Linda

  2. beautiful…love the transformation through your verse…there are many that need to hear this in their lives…feeling stuck in that darkness…i once was….

    • Brian, Thank you. I wrote this for those who need to hear that there is hope in the darkness. The real transformation in my life is even more wonderful than verse can portray. Peace, Linda

  3. You had me walking with you, from the darkness to the light, and rooting for you all the way.

    This is a wonderful piece, especially a testament to the power of faith.

    Keep it going!


    • Jannie, This comment made me smile, because knowing the end when I started writing the poem it never occurred to me that someone reading it for the first time would have this reaction. I’m glad I let Him rule the day, too. The power of the love and light of God helped me overcome. Peace, Linda

    • Pat, Thank you for the encouraging comment. I am fairly new to poetry (with the exception of some really bad stuff I wrote many years ago) and find it a wonderful diversion from my usual prose. Peace, Linda

  4. Linda,

    This is simply wonderful … I read and read and read again . Each time I found something different.

    “Darkness, tears, and pain
    Replaced by my Savior’s
    Light, Love, and Truth…”

    So much in these three lines. Liking the concept of the Trinity too. 🙂 So thankful He took the broken pieces and made me new! Thanks for this beautiful piece that brought so much to bear!

    Blessings much,

    • Ann, I love how you saw the Trinity in this poem. I didn’t even think of that with the “three” of everything! Thank you for making that connection. I’m so thankful He took the broken pieces of my life and made me new, too! Peace, Linda

  5. Emotion filled:
    despair strives to overtake . . . despair displaced . . . victory through Jesus.

    Thank you Linda for what will be used to bring hope and victory to many.
    I know God will use you to reach, help and bless many others with the gifts He has given you.

    • Angela, I could know no greater blessing than to share my Jesus and His saving grace with others! He has been so wonderful to me. I love your summary of my poem: “despair strives to overtake . . . despair displaced . . . victory through Jesus.” Those words are a poem in themselves. 🙂 Peace, Linda

  6. Once again He leads you Linda, from yesterday to today, with a poem. I could relate so well, that it was hard not to cry. So thankful that now I can cry tears of repentance and tears of joy instead of those tears that knew no hope.
    God bless you, Linda, and the hope and truth of Jesus you bring to us!

    • Deb, I know what you mean. There are different kinds of tears. I don’t mind the ones that come now because I know why they come, they have a purpose. But those tears in the darkness knew no hope. I would cry and never know why. I do hope that this poem brings hope and truth to others. Peace, Linda

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