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  • Writer's pictureDebbie Thrower

'I have seen it all, my child'

Updated: Jan 14, 2021

'I am the Alpha and the Omega

I am the beginning and the end

I have seen it all, my child

Every dip and bump and bend...'

Canterbury Cathedral

Catherine Clowes, Anna Chaplaincy network member in North Yorkshire, has adapted a poem she composed about Covid-19 and Christ, in response to a request from fellow network members who hoped to use part of what she had written for the funeral of their close friend.

It was said to be 'perfect' for the occasion - and it so relevant to these uncertain times. Catherine was 'touched and humbled' that her words have gone on to be used in this way:

His Everlasting Arms

On His everlasting arms

That is the place that I must lean

For the things I fear ahead of me

He knows, He has already seen

The uncertain time that I am in

Is no surprise to Him

He knew that it was coming

Before it even did begin

And as the way forward remains unclear

The anxiety in me increases

Not sure what is safe or what to believe

The confusion can leave me in pieces

It was easy when I felt in control

When I didn’t need to make so many choices

Is there something I should do or should I just be?

So much noise and so many different voices

When my head is spinning and I cannot see straight

When I can’t see the wood for the trees

The Lord breaks in and He gently calls my name

Lift your eyes from your worry and look at me

I have seen the way you’re going

I have walked the paths you’ll tread

Though this world confuses and frightens

Look to me and know my peace instead

I am the Alpha and the Omega

I am the beginning and the end

I have seen it all, my child

Every dip and bump and bend

I am bigger than your worries

I am bigger than your fear

So lean hard into my loving arms

And know that I am always here

©Catherine Clowes

January 2021

Coincidentally the current issue of BRF's Bible reading notes New Daylight speaks of 'God the Father's everlasting arms' in relation to the subject of 'gladness'.

Writer Fiona Stratta says: 'As Christians we hold on to the realities and promises that give us strength keeping our focus on God's generosity… Like a candle flame, gladness shines most brightly in dark situations.'



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