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  When Dark Chaos Overcomes Me
by Jerry W. Engler
Friday, June 27, 2008
Rated "G" by the Author.

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Sometimes in the dark pit of depression, the Lord himself may reach to pull us out, "our good and constant friend." I recommend you read Proverbs Three.










When dark chaos overcomes me,

tearing deeply to open my breast,

then He caresses my weak soul,

and peace overflows me,

like a river in the flood

washing away the debris,

the overwhelming frustrations

of black entangling clutter.


And when the flood subsides,

the channel cleared revealed,

great springs of purest water

well up from the depths

 of the whirling spirit,

and there is joy overwhelming,

like lightning over the tumult

that bids the beast decease.


Creation released abundantly,

the happiness is rushing

In bountiful streams within,

of safety and security,

the deep water’s great

and caring Friend.


Copyright 2008, Jerry W. Engler


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Reviewed by Dawn Anderson
Powerful, beautiful and uplifting.
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper
This is beautiful---like being in the throes of danger-perhaps even death, and then the worst passes and life floods into our shell again to create a lightness of spirit unequaled by anything else.
Reviewed by Jerry Engler
This continues to be the most read poem that I have posted on AD. May it continue to uplift.
Reviewed by Richard Orey
A poetic characterization of being lifted from the depths of depression by faith. Karen Palumbo's review (below) is quite succinct: "Always trust in God and he will lead you into the light where your soul can be set free...." Ah, if it were only that simple for everyone, our psychiatric wards would be less populated.

A key to faith healing lies in the measure of belief of the sufferer. Oftentimes, the degree of change is directly proportionate to the faith and confidence of the sufferer, a scenario we see played out in the tents of traveling evangelists who are wont to elicit a prehealing profession with the query, "Do you believe?" Unfortunately, the crippled "believer" who walks out of the tent unaided by crutches is usually back on his crutches after returning home and left with curative faith dependent on his own volition. Still, bold and sustained faith can move mountains.

If we can't trust in God, whom can we trust? What or where is our healing relief? Faith is a place to begin and often is all one needs. The dark chaos of depression is a terrible affliction. Faith in God's word brings relief to many.

I think some readers will find "When Dark Chaos Overcomes Me" iilluminating while others will find it totally confusing. For me, it stands as unique and provocative.

Reviewed by Regis Auffray
Creation released abundantly,
the happiness is rushing
In bountiful streams within,
of safety and security,
the deep water’s great
and caring Friend.

Sounds like the best of therapy, Jerry. Thank you for sharing your faith. Lovea and peace,


Reviewed by Elizabeth Price
thank you for sharing Jerry. exceptional. Liz
Reviewed by Gianetta Ellis
You invite us to delve deeply here into your and our own spirit(s). Your words reassuringly caress the mood of the reader, uplifting our gaze and strengthening our faith. Beautifully, movingly composed, Jerry.
Reviewed by Cryssa C
It never ceases to amaze me how it seems that many of the psalms were written just for me... :~) To be a poet like that...WOW!

This is beautifully written and makes me feel the depths of despair and the height of joy...

The poem, on another note, made me think it must have been written by someone in the Midwest who had recently been beseiged with flooding, or the fear of flooding. :~) Hope that you missed out on all of that and that everything is fine.

Reviewed by Jean Pike
Thank you, Jerry.
Reviewed by Theresa Koch
Powerful write that takes the reader into your words
Reviewed by Kathy Kopp
It's not always as easy as this, but it has happened to me. I will read Proverbs Three when I can find my Bible. I'm an oblate at a Monastery in Idaho. We get special books for morning prayer, vespers, etc., in which the proberbs are all mixed up as to their order.

I really like "He caresses my weak soul." Imagery is good. The transition from depression to joy can be brought about by the Spririt with assistance from our own ego personality. We do have a say in it. Your word "black" stands out in contrast to "lightening."

Thank you, Jerry. This poem helps me with what I'm going through now. Peace, Kathy
Reviewed by Flying Fox Ted L Glines
Very nicely handled, Jerry! You can feel the debris and trash washing away. Great work!

Reviewed by Karen Palumbo
Always trust in God and he will lead you into the light where your soul can be set free....

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Lois Christensen
Just when we are down and out something does come about to uplift us as you say. It is the ups and downs of life, that is the way it is. Really if everything always went good, what interesting life would that be. We get stronger with each downfall we experience.
You have the greatest of friends, as you should, Bless you!
Reviewed by richard cederberg
Beautiful and up-lifting Jerry. Praise God!
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