Grief’s Entity

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12, New King James Version

Seems an entity

Akin to Death lives within

Grief which fills all cells

Skin to muscle, marrow, heart

Like yeast in dough raises bread


Tentacles constrict

Wrapped around throat, lungs and head

Till tears pulse, explode

Can’t predict what triggers it

Takes me down, complete surprise

Leaves body, mind limp, bled dry

Curled up, begging, ‘let me die’…

“The LORD is my light and my salvation— so why should I be afraid? The LORD is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?” Psalm 27:1, NLT

“Though an army encamps around me, my heart will not fear; though a war breaks out against me, I will keep my trust. One thing I have asked of the LORD; this is what I desire: to dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and seek Him in His temple.…” Psalm 27:3-4, Berean Study Bible

©Rhen Laird/Cobbled Contemplations, 2020 ~ All rights reserved.

17 Steps, Remembering Tim

Dusted this off from the ‘oldies’ file ~ My neighbor, a man afflicted with schizophrenia, passed away some years ago just days before Christmas.  The loss was unexpected by me, hit me hard…I miss him deeply.


Carried by angels

A man left this place today

Silent, as I worked

Just seventeen steps away—

Now mere echo, fluttered wings.

Son of low status

His potential stolen by

Brain’s short-circuitry

Abandoned, yet much valued

Soul I cared for, prayed to keep.

Just seventeen steps

No stony, hard-travel road

Why could the angels

Not have gathered me as well

Bid me quick return to Thee?

Lord Almighty, breathe

Your Spirit on me anew

Thaw this heart, iced by

Disillusionment, mistrust—

Or, call me now…Home, to You.

©Rhen Laird/Cobbled Contemplations, 2020 ~ All rights reserved.