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In Solitude
by Jeanette Cooper

Monday, June 09, 2008
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In Solitude
 
I went to church today
Alone—no one else was there
I knelt before the altar of God
Imploring through faith and prayer
 
Asking for so many things
To clear my troubled mind
Pleading for strength and understanding
For a spirit that is always kind.
 
Sometimes I am impatient
With the one I dearly love the most
Sometimes my words are too sharp
When I should be holding that someone close.
 
Sometimes I am easily offended
Becoming defensive all too quick
Spewing the sour taste of words
That resemble the devil’s walking stick.
 
Help me to be humble, dear Lord, I pray
To show charity and kindness to all
To be tolerant and forgiving
Even when emotion renders stubborn gall.
 
Give me strength to be the person
I’ve always wanted to be
To be well thought of by family and friends
And be an example for others to see.
 
Much later, I rise from my burning knees
Facing the polished altar before me
Feeling the infinite presence of God
And the Voice that always sets me free.
 
© 2008 Jeanette Cooper
 

 

 

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Reviewed by Richard Orey 7/20/2008
What an insightful and humbling prayer, Jeanette.
You have a way of putting into words what we all feel inside, even when we have a tendency to ignore the feelings and go our own selfish way. "In Solitude" is a message I'm thankful to read and read again.

Your experience in life and great wisdom is valued and cherished, as are you, my dear friend.
Richard
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 7/13/2008
Well-prayed!!:) {Almost started with "welcome to the club," but I was afraid I might offend. What inspired the thought? MY impatience, MY defensiveness, MY weakness. . .but it IS a good-sized club. Right?} Thanks for this deeply felt and inspiring tribute to the Voice. Love, Phyllis
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 7/12/2008
A beautiful testimonial to your faith, Jeanette. Thank you for sharing this gift. Love and best wishes to you,

Regis
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 7/12/2008
A beautiful sharing.. You have captured the feelings many of us have at one time or another!. Well done!....M
Reviewed by Theresa Koch 7/10/2008
This touched my very soul~lovely
Reviewed by Gwendolyn Thomas Gath 7/10/2008
Jeanette this is oh so special and quite understandable, I am sure we all have these emotions from time to time. Sitting and setting ourselves before the altar to humble and ask for wisdom and forgiveness is humbling within itself.

Beautiful,
~Gwendolyn

Reviewed by John Domino 6/25/2008
The best poem I have read in a long time.
We all need to pray in solitude - when no one else is watching except that someone from above - someone that we all need to communicate with more often.

Many Blessings,

Amen.
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 6/17/2008
Jeanette,
I love the part "...the devil's walking stick" - extremely original and creative. These are the things we should all be praying for. Beautifully worded, and the title is perfect for the feel of this poem. Love and Hugs.
Sheila
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 6/10/2008
Very Beautiful prayer heartfelt from within.
Christine
Reviewed by Barbara Smith 6/10/2008
Jeanette, this prayer is that of a humble person, seeking God's forgiveness and for strength and the abililty for you to show charity and kindness in all that you do. This is inspiring, uplifting, and a heartfelt prayer that I will remember for a long time. So many times I feel this very same way and this is a reminder to seek peace through God's word. An exceptional write.
Reviewed by ~ Holly Harbridge (Reader) 6/10/2008
Thank you for these words of wisdom, I needed to read this today! Love Holly
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 6/9/2008
I find your spiritual words extremely soothing and your advice of wisdom. Something well needed on this night.....

Be always safe,
Karen
Reviewed by Bernice Lakota 6/9/2008
Wow, this sent chills down my spine. Absolutely inspiring, uplifting and gloriously beautiful. Thanks Jeanette.
Reviewed by Lois Christensen 6/9/2008
You will be answered in this pray and be feeling more peaceful and joyous. You are thinking of someone else and not selfishly asking for yourself. Loved this pray too. You are mighty and going forward. **********
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 6/9/2008
Beautiful write, Jeanette; brava!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :)

God bless you!!
Reviewed by Paul Berube 6/9/2008
Beautiful Jeanette. This fits me to a tee today I think. Thanks for sharing this and God bless.
Reviewed by Connie Faust 6/9/2008
I have to keep this, Jeanette. It's a prayer that strikes home to me. I commend you for this great writing and for your desire to keep pursuing the goal of godliness with your loved one.
The last verse expresses beautifully the peace within that you received, the strength to keep walking in God's way.

Connie
Reviewed by Gianetta Ellis 6/9/2008
This is lovely and 'real' to many of us - your words flow and we can feel your earnest desire to be the highest expression of your Self - for yourself and others.
Reviewed by George Carroll 6/9/2008
Thank you for a prayer that most can relate to, at least I can. The church isn't empty it's filled with God's presence and you and you fill it with your humble prayers.
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 6/9/2008
Jeanette, this is so beautiful...your thoughts...and your prayer.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 6/9/2008
A very heartfelt poetic prayer, Jeanette.
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