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  • Writer's pictureDebbie Thrower

Poetry to reassure in a pandemic

Updated: Dec 9, 2020

Credit: Jonny Baker

From Anna Chaplaincy network member in Yorkshire, Catherine Clowes:

‘I'm attaching a poem I've written which reflects some of my feelings during this uncertain time of pandemic.'

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 we are in

Is no surprise to Him

He knew that it was coming

Before it even did begin

And as restrictions start to lift

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 we just stayed at home

Then we didn’t need to make so many choices

Should I go to the shop, to the park, to the pub?

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 this virus

I am bigger than your fear

So lean hard into my loving arms

And know that I am always here

©Catherine Clowes

July 2020



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