My Only Defense

(hour 18)

By Sandy Lender


Like sunshine streaming through clouds

…after forty days of torrential storm


Like the first absence of throbbing

…after the pounding, constant migraine


Like the gentle brush of butterfly wings

…after fire has consumed the world around us


Is the comfort of knowing you petition for me

…in the presence of our Father.


3 thoughts on “My Only Defense

  1. This is a wonderful expression of the power of grace. Even as a non-religious person I can feel this, the love so powerful it lifts one away from the deepest possible pain. This is my favorite kind of expression of faith, because it’s truly raw.

    As a killjoy critic, the butterfly imagery feels a little misplaced.

    But don’t listen to the professor, it’s a beautiful testimony.

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