A Plea to the Lord

by Rosemary Ammar

Found at http://www.inspirationpeak.com/cgi-bin/poetry.cgi?record=190

I woke up on Monday and looked up at the sky
With a pain in my heart and tears in my eyes
I said “Lord, please help me, I don’t know what to do.
I lost my job, I need some help, I have no one but you.”

The Lord looked down upon me with sadness in his eyes.
“The world is in a sorry state and I apologize.
For all the pain it’s caused you, there’s just one thing I’ll say:
“It’s okay to cry my child, but don’t forget to pray.”

I woke up on Tuesday and looked up at the sky
With a pain in my heart and tears in my eyes
I said “Lord please help me, I don’t know what to do.
The food is scarce, the kids are sick, I have no one but you.

The week dragged by thru Saturday and things seemed worse each day.
I remembered what the Lord said: “It’s okay to cry, but pray”
So I cried and prayed, I cried and prayed, with no relief in sight.
And I went to bed exhausted but couldn’t sleep that night.

I woke up on Sunday and looked up at the sky
With pain in my heart and tears in my eyes
I said “Lord I’ve had enough and I’m about to break
I think I might just end it all, for everybody’s sake.”

“I’ve not deserted you my child, I’ve counted every tear
Your burdens, although heavy, are not more than you can bear
Soon the sun will warm your face and make you smile again
So rest a little easier and trust in me till then.”

Then the Lord reached down and held me in his arms
With a gentle hand he wiped my tears and spoke these words so calm
“My child I love you dearly and have heard you pray your best
But there is no crying on Sunday, it is the day of rest.

I’ve heard you cry, I’ve heard you pray and I will not desert you
Your faith in Me will get you through these tragedies that hurt you.
So rest today and worry not and leave the rest to me
If you do that, I can promise you, the best is yet to be.”

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Never Ever

“Never Ever”

A few questions that I need to know
How you could ever hurt me so
I need to know what I’ve done wrong
And how long it’s been going on

Was it that I never paid enough attention?
Or did I not give enough affection?
Not only will your answers keep me sane
But I’ll know never to make the same mistake again

You can tell me to my face
or even on the phone
You can write it in a letter,
Either way, I have to know

Did I never treat you right?
Did I always start the fight?
Either way, I’m going out of my mind
All the answers to my questions I have to find

My head’s spinning
Boy, I’m in a daze
I feel isolated
Don’t wanna communicate

I’ll take a shower
I will scour
I will rub
To find peace of mind
The happy mind I once owned

Flexing vocabulary runs right through me
The alphabet runs right from A to Z
Conversations, hesitations in my mind
You got my conscience asking questions that I can’t find

I’m not crazy
I’m sure I ain’t done nothing wrong, no
I’m just waiting ’cause I heard
That this feeling won’t last that long

Never ever have I ever felt so low
When you gonna take me out of this black hole?
Never ever have I ever felt so sad
The way I’m feeling yeah, you got me feeling really bad

Never ever have I had to find
I’ve had to dig away to find my own peace of mind
I’ve never ever had my conscience to fight
The way I’m feeling, yeah, I just don’t feel right

I’ll keep searching
Deep within my soul
For all the answers
Don’t wanna hurt no more

I need peace
Got to feel at ease
Need to be free from pain
Going insane
My heart aches, yeah

Sometimes vocabulary runs through my head
The alphabet runs right from A to Zed
Conversations, hesitations in my mind
You got my conscience asking questions that I can’t find

I’m not crazy,
I’m sure I ain’t done nothing wrong
And now I’m just waiting
‘Cause I heard that this feeling won’t last that long

Never ever have I ever felt so low
When you gonna take me out of this black hole?
Never ever have I ever felt so sad
The way I’m feeling yeah, you got me feeling really bad

Never ever have I had to find
I’ve had to dig away to find my own peace of mind
I’ve never ever had my conscience to fight
The way I’m feeling, yeah, I just don’t feel right

Never ever have I ever felt so low
When you gonna take me out of this black hole?
Never ever have I ever felt so sad
The way I’m feeling yeah, you got me feeling really bad

Never ever have I had to find
I’ve had to dig away to find my own peace of mind
I’ve never ever had my conscience to fight
The way I’m feeling, yeah, I just don’t feel right

You can tell me to my face,
You can tell me on the phone,
Ooh — You can write it in a letter, babe
‘Cause I really need to know

You can write it in a letter, babe

NOTES

Want to use this in a UU sermon about lamentation prayer (a prayer for help coming out of pain).  How would a UU use/access this best?

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O Motherland

O motherland,
take me by the hand.
Heal this body
and make me whole again.

Tribulations of the sea,
waves crash at my feet
and set my soul free.

Where the body feels the pain,
there’s a mind must maintain
peace in its eternal reign.

O Dark Mother

(Abbi Spinner)
O dark mother, lead me inward
down to the cave of my heart. (4x)

(pause)

O dark mother, lead me inward
down to the cave of my heart. (3x)

Down to the cave of my heart
Down to the cave of my heart

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