A Prayer for Recovery from Assault

The tentacles of sadness entwine

And enwrap me, suffocating mind,

Dispelling thought; driving off will to dine,

Their dark ink clouds, creative urges blind,

O God, in my horror I want to scream

But restrain my shout – will any care

That I drown in depths of a tragic dream

Where study, prayer, and love seem to scare

Those I crave to aid, and amuse those who don’t?

“Fake news!” they respond to my research;

They jeer at the pain of those who groan,

Scarred by insult and stricken by assault.

They laugh, not realizing when I moan

That my scars also hurt; they do not halt.

Heed my missive, and come near to heal

The lacerations from verbal assaults

And memories – blows that made me kneel

In pain and stare at my hand in wonder

At blood just wiped from a stricken face.

Heal me, Lord; regenerate within

An urge to forgive those who attacked

And a passion to protect others at risk.

Answer me, O LORD, for your steadfast love is good; according to your abundant mercy, turn to me. Hide not your face from your servant; for I am in distress; make haste to answer me” (Psalm 69:16-17 ESV).

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About Michael Summers

Michael Waymon Summers has preached in twenty-seven of the United States as well as seven other countries. He currently preaches for a Church of Christ in Leavenworth, Kansas. Michael earned a Master of Theology degree. He also has done graduate work in international studies. Michael likes to run, loves to sing, and reads voraciously.
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