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Prayer poem: heaviness of war

dear God
all that is on my mind is heavy
it is the war that has brought me down
below what I can usually cope with

i have so many whys …
why is he getting away with this
why are our powerful governments not stopping him
why is meaningless loss of innocent life allowed
why don’t you stop it
why am i so powerless to help

i have so many whats and whens …
what is the meaning of their deaths when so undeserved
what will the world turn into now when we no longer protect the weak
what can i do when i am so far away and my voice is meaningless to those with the guns …
and i am not strong enough physically to fight them
what will be left when the fighting stops

and i have hows …
how can i save them
how could you let this happen
how many dying are begging for your help
how many weeping your name
how can you not intervene
or … how can you
can you do anything through me, if so, i am here
can you tell me what to do, if so, i listen
if no other questions are answered than at least this one…
as your faithful tool in this world, what of you
should speak through me … or what can you take from me
to use in their defense?
i am yours.

i cannot say amen
this prayer will last, and i am open
until this invasion’s end

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A. Rodriguez

A. Rodriguez is a Providence Associate. Professionally, A. is a Software Engineer and a Certified Massage Therapist. In their "spare" time they enjoy many hobbies, among them, writing.

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7 Comments

  1. Marilyn Kofler, SP on May 12, 2022 at 11:06 am

    Powerful poem prayer! Thank you for the questions….and your response.

  2. Bill Hughes on May 12, 2022 at 2:51 pm

    That is the prayer of so many of us these days! Beautifully written. Thank you, Asher

  3. Eileen Prose on May 14, 2022 at 7:12 am

    A most timely and powerful pray. One that needs to be shared with others who are asking the same questions.

  4. Maria Price on May 14, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    Beautiful. Thank you!

  5. Eileen Horan, PA on May 19, 2022 at 8:27 am

    Asher, you put into words exactly what I’m thinking and feeling. Thank you for this prayer. God bless you!

  6. Alice M Quinlan on May 19, 2022 at 10:17 am

    Thank you, Asher, for sharing the searing words of your prayer poem. Yes, we cannot say amen until this war and all of them end.

  7. Sue Paweski SP on May 19, 2022 at 3:22 pm

    Asher, those questions and frustrations are in my heart and the hearts of so many others. Thank you for naming them.

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