Monday, June 7, 2010

Lend Me Your Hope

I came across this poem recently. It described well how I was feeling while I was "in the valley."

Lend Me Your Hope (Author Unknown)

Lend me your hope for a while,
I seem to have mislaid mine.
Lost and hopeless feelings accompany me daily,
pain and confusion are my companions.
I know not where to turn.

Looking ahead to future times
does not bring forth images of renewed hope.

I see troubled times,
pain-filled days,
and more tragedy.
Lend me your hope for a while,
I seem to have mislaid mine.

Hold my hand and hug me;
listen to all my ramblings,
recovery seems so far distant.
The road to healing
seems like a long and lonely one.
Lend me your hope for a while,
I seem to have mislaid mine.

Stand by me,
offer me your presence,
your heart and your love.
Acknowledge my pain,
it is so real and ever present.
I am overwhelmed
with sad and conflicting thoughts.

Lend me your hope for a while.
A time will come when I will heal,
and I will share my renewal,
hope and love with others.

I am not sure about the Author Unknown part. I read on another website that this is based on a poem called "Borrowed Hope" by Eloise Cole so I want to give her credit.

I can't say I completely relate to all aspects of this poem. I know where to turn. I know the Lord has not and will not leave me nor forsake me. The Lord has promised this and He is faithful to all He has promised. And I know He has a plan for us and I continue to hope in the Lord.

But there are times on this journey when I feel overwhelmed with sadness and uncertainty. At those times I feel like I need to borrow some hope.

To be truthful, I always thought my family and friends would say, "maybe it's not God's will for you to be parents." But they never have. I remember saying "if I become a mom" to one of my sisters one time, and her correcting me saying, "when you become a mom." In that moment she lent me her hope.

And after my last post, many of you lent me your hope. And in the process, mine was renewed. Thank you friends.


Amy said...

Beautifully said...I'm inspired by your thoughtfulness and your faith.

Flakymn said...

You can take my hope Becky. You may doubt it sometimes, but I don't. I KNOW with every fiber in my being that I will meet your little one very soon. I can't wait for that day. It will be one of my happiest moments.

Hannah said...

Oh, that was beautifully written! It's so true, even though I know God is in control, and I do trust him, it can be hard to hold on to that hope. Praying for you tonight!

A said...

That is a crazy universal poem!! So glad we can all be here for each other to lend hope and gain hope whichever place we're at on any given day :)

Stacey said...

Beautiful, Becky! This is a journey of many ups and downs (unfortunately, a lot of downs sometimes) but it's great to be able to help each other carry the burden. I love the verses in Ecclesiastes 4 that say two are better than one... if one falls down his friend can help him up.

I'm so very hopeful for you, friend!