“Restored”: A Poem

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I bowed my head
Arriving at the edge of the cliff
I breathed in despair
Exhaled despondency
Floating numbly I slipped
Surrendering into the abyss
Somehow I heard Your whispering
To me “Finally”…as Your heart
Gently secured my frozen soul
Took away all rebellion
My chains fell to the ground
My deepest inhale
Woke into deep contrition;
Reconciliation settled into recesses
Of an enslaved pain;
Your gentle cleansing
Opened crevices of darkness
Freeing a captured heart
Ready to start beating again

Stephanie is a recovering child of an alcoholic and has struggled with emotional eating. As a committed Catholic, she continues to seek healing through the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ.