Tuesday, February 4, 2014


Jonah, by Albert Pinkham Ryder, 
public domain, Wikimedia Commons

“When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, Lord, 
and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple.”  Jonah 2:7

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish?”  –Psalm 22:1


Into the abyss
Over the hull
Into the sea
Sin’s consequences
Wrapped around me
From the tall weeds
Come my pleas for mercy
Your grace envelops
Like an ocean’s tide
Swallowed by Your leniency
In Your love I abide
Your love—even here
It holds me near
Wrapped in seaweed
Covered in guilt and shame
But your salvation overcame
The grip loosened from my neck
Breath returned and the blood flowed—Life!
Hope illuminated the darkness and strife
In the bowels of earth where mountains take root
My prison cell—a shadowy hell—and here You save
I see you now, up on Your throne of glory ray
In Your Holy Temple You listen as I pray
May I not turn to idols from Your great Love
But sacrifice to You oh God above
“Salvation comes from the Lord.”
My God will lead me to the surface!
For His good purpose
Resurrection—the shoreline of eternity
Out from the tangle of seaweed
I will walk in Your purpose for me

© January 7, 2014, Robbie Pruitt

“I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.”  –Psalm 40:1-3, NIV