God’s Comfort and Strength

A poem for the sorrowing soul.


God’s Comfort and Strength


Joy is great

But sorrow pushes deeper

Into God’s bosom

A gateway to grace.


Sorrow is a shadow

That walks with one

And urges on toward

The Lord’s waiting arms.


Sorrow works repentance

Humbling down and tears

And plunging oneself

At Jesus’ feet.


My deepest need

For comfort and strength

Stokes the fire within

Makes love burn afresh.


Sorrow colors

My praise and worship

Drives me to touch

All heaven’s gates.


I’m like a bird

That hovers over

Sorrow’s sea

Not wanting to land

For I am weak, you see.


But God whispers

“My strength

Is made perfect

In your weakness

So, lean closer

And trust deeper

I am your rest.”


Is it even possible

To just fly away

Under the shadow

Of God’s wings

Where I hide myself

And pain can never reach?


I cry out

For the Savior’s light

For in Him darkness

Cannot ever abide.


And so He makes me

Afloat in His mercy

And in the power

Of His great love.


God’s love never fails

Never wanes, never leaves

Never dries up

Like a river it flows

Untiring, unending

Its healing power

Alive, ever moving

Both now and forever.

(On the occasion of my BFF’s passing).


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  1. Andy Lee says:

    Hi Rina, I’m so sorry for the loss of you best friend. You’re poem was beautiful. I know grief well and have written about it in my book, A Mary Like Me: Flawed Yet Called. All three of the Mary’s in the Bible knew grief too. I’ve joined you from Holley Gerth’s link up. You’ll be in my prayers. How thankful we are for our hope and our pen when sorrow shadows our hearts. ~ Andy Lee

    • RinaPeru says:

      Thank you for your words of encouragement, Andy. You said, “How thankful we are for our hope and our pen when sorrow shadows our hearts” – this is so true and we are ever grateful to God for His gifts.

  2. Lexie says:

    I am so sorry for your loss.
    Thank you for the beautiful reminder that God is always with us.
    His love and strength will help you through.
    Sending prayers and hugs. <3

    • RinaPeru says:

      Thank you for the love and prayers, Lexie. Our God works in many wonderful ways, we only have to keep on leaning closer and trusting deeper. Blessings!

  3. BettieG says:

    I am sorry for the grief over losing your best friend. But what beautiful words that the Lord brought forth from your heart here. And, such a lovely painting for a tribute also. May the Lord be so close to you!

    • RinaPeru says:

      Thank you so much, Bettie! The Lord Jesus never fails! His love is the most powerful thing and I am held by it. Blessings!

  4. Sarah says:

    Losing a loved one is the hardest thing to go through so I am thankful you are clinging to Jesus. He sees you.

    • RinaPeru says:

      Yes, indeed, Sarah. I can feel the power of His love and comfort enfolding and strengthening me! Praise be to His mighty name! Thank you.