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Reign, Rein, Rain

by Jan Ackerson  
9/25/2006 / Poetry

Reign in me
Lord, I would be queen of my own heart.
The powermine; mine the acclaim,
Mine the moat. I would deny entrance
To pain:
No matter that grace is equally denied.
O, be my King!
Give me the pain, that I might know the grace.

Rein me in
Lord, I would run wild, untamed.
Without direction, I gallop, I toss my head, I nicker,
I am free.
I am lost.
Ensnared in brambles, trapped in a barren place:
O, lead me home!
I welcome the bit, the bridle, the reins:
Guide me to water, to rest.

Rain on me
Lord, I would dwell in sunshine only,
Petals facing the light.
Yet hard-packed is the soil, and dry;
No room for roots--no room.
O, open a cloud!
I embrace each squall, each sleety trial.
Mixed with the drops of sorrow: drops of mercy
I grasp the moistened earth.
Grant me more storms, that I might grow.

Jan is a Christian who has traveled through sorrow and depression, and has found victory and grace. She dedicates all writings to her Heavenly Father. Check out Jan's website at
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