Wind and Rain
by the sound of wind and rain
that came in gusts and downpour
as it struck my window pane.
I lay quietly and listened
from the comfort of my bed
until, from somewhere unannounced,
these words just filled my head:
Lord, the world is raging,
just like the wind and rain.
Hearts are filled with anger,
despair and so much pain.
It s hard to be a parent
in a world so gone astray
where life is filled with distraction
and few take the time to pray.
We see little ones neglected,
unwanted and abused;
their precious minds and bodies
defiled and often bruised.
Many a boy now turns to drugs
to prove that he s a man,
trusting that he ll earn respect
with the gun he holds in his hand.
Girls no longer aspire to be ladies;
many are mothers before they are wives.
They seem hell-bent to make decisions
that affect the rest of their lives.
We beg you, Lord, for wisdom
and light to help us see
that with your love and guidance,
our souls will be set free.
Send down your mighty Spirit
within the wind and rain
to lift away our burdens
and wash away our shame.