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Able to Pray (repost, archaic version)
by Connie Faust
Thursday, May 14, 2009
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Until now, I did not print reposts, preferring to "move up" selected poems on the edit page if they were seasonal, and to make any desired trivial word changes as updates.
However, this poem was meant to be written in the semi-archaic manner, and it's time to post it that way. With sincere wishes that thee will be blessed with its intended antiquity.



Are ye able to pray? 
Nay, for thy burden is heavy
and God's arm, so mighty to save,
is hidden from thee in the dark, lonesome valley;
and the faith He so readily gave
is unable to fortify thee.

Are ye able to pray?
Call thy brother, thy sister, to weep,
to cry for thee in their night's sleep ~~
to stand in the gap, call thy name,
and plead to the Lord for thy pain ~~
to uphold thee when the way is too steep.

God would not allow thee to go through the vale
if no one stood tall in thy place.
He wouldn't expect thee to carry the load
if He hadn't provided the love and the grace;
for His burden-sharers, tho' weak when alone,
are able to bear thee to the cross and the throne.

Are ye able to pray?
Only groan in thy heart,

for the Spirit of Jesus is close by thy side,
to hold and renew thee, with thee to abide;
and He takes thy weak cries, clarified and refined,
to touch the Father's heart and bring 
                                              peace to thy mind.


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Reviewed by Mary Grace Patterson 5/18/2009
I LIKE this version of the poem. Its message is timeless and reaches ons heart...M
Reviewed by Linda Zebsokey 5/16/2009
This poem is beautiful, Connie. It reaches into the heart and soul and speaks "peace be still." You are right, it was meant to be written in a semi-archaic manner. I love it.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 5/15/2009
Thank you for sharing this prayerful offering, Connie. Love and blessings to you,

Reviewed by Cynthia Buhain-Baello 5/15/2009
"Only groan in thy heart...." for He knows our hearts when our lips fail to utter an audible prayer. Inspiring piece!

Reviewed by Paul Berube 5/14/2009
Excellent Connie.
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 5/14/2009
This is great, thank you for reposting it, because I do not think I caught the first time you posted it, this is great, thank you
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