Poem from within talk:
Rocks for Pillows, Concrete for a Bed
by Richard Cassidy
"My God, My God?! Why have You forsaken me?"
I would cry, I would weep, "Oh God, why?"
And You never did.
You were always there, chasing after me as I ran, tripping over myself, I ran as far away as I thought I could.
Oh my God, I forsook you!
To the depths of my mind, I hid.
Wrapped in darkness, I would cling to lies--as I left You--thinking of Your goodness and kindness, all the while.
I know why the caged bird singas;
Is it to console the bars that bind?
Is it to heal a broken heart?
Is it the loss of a dear lost friend?
Through all my stupidity; in the eyes of a child;
You reached through me, warping all time and space, with a still whisper that crushes and breaks through rock, stocks and my own trappings--with such an earth shattering stillness.
Through the darkest mire, in which;
You never, You never left me.
Unbeknownst to me, You were my pillow those nights laying on cold hard ground;
When my lungs had failed and could not inhale again--You shared Yours; breathing, keeping me alive.
People looked at me with awe and horror—
"If he would leave God;
"If he would kill God;
"What will he do to me?
"What will he do next?"
And yet You kissed me;
You picked me up, and cleansed me;
You held me near and sang;
Your sweet precious song still comforts my soul and sets me free.
Your voice heals, heals, me.
"My God, My God, Oh my God!
"What have I done?
"What am I doing?
"Oh my God--please forgive me--Oh God!"
As a parent wipes the dirt from a skinned knee and kisses the tears that flow;
Enwrapped in Your arms, yet wrestling with guilt, You hold me as You always have.
You open my cage and I fly, I soar, I run straight to You; in You I make my home.
"Daddy, daddy, please don't leave me, please don't go away..."
"Child," I hear, "I never did."
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