Darkness Bright

A Christian Poem for Wounded Hearts

Wounded Hearts
Photo Source: Pixabay / Composition: Sue Chastain

“Darkness Bright” is an original poem expressing how the light of God’s love can bring liberty to wounded hearts.

Darkness Bright

…my God, you make my darkness bright.

            —Psalm 18:28

For countless kids who live behind domestic bars,
Caged behind hurt and shadowed fears from parent blame;
Their tiny hearts, exposed to thunder from the heights,
Are struck with bolts, singeing their souls with volts of shame.

They search for him or her or them or it, to heal
Their hearts’ abyss through things which numb, like pills or lust…
Such empty quests are caged by pain in noonday nights—
Who can release such souls, shamed by dread and distrust?

"The spirit of the Lord has come, anointed Me
To liberate captives, and set prisoners free."
For you with wounded hearts, hiding in fear and shame,
Open your arms: let Him become your deepest liberty.

--Submitted by Peter C. Venable

Psalm 18:28 (NLT)
You light a lamp for me. The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness.

Luke 4:18-19 (ESV)
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."

Author’s Note: I have written both free and metric verse for over 50 years and have been published in a number of poetry journals.

I am a semi-retired clinician, volunteer at a prison camp and food pantry, lead vespers services for senior citizens, and am graced with a happy marriage, daughter and son-in-law, and Yeshua.

Do you have an original Christian prayer that would encourage or benefit a fellow believer? Perhaps you've written a unique poem you'd like to share with others.

We are looking for Christian prayers and poems to encourage our readers in their communication with God.  To submit your original prayer or poem now, please fill out this Submission Form.