The Agony of a Son

The Agony of a Son
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Darkness surrounds you in your bed alone,

takes over your body, feelings, and soul.

You cringe in great pain and loudly you groan;

a wounded spirit that longs to be whole.

Abandoned in darkness as in a cave

without old Fingal’s music to relieve

the strains of roaring, crashing, white-topped wave

crushing your vessel; they won’t let you leave

for gentle pools in an ocean of calm

that pacifies the buffeted temper;

you cry for the One who anoints with balm

that soothes your total being’s distemper.

Appearing most absent, he is most near,

holds you to his bosom, a son most dear.

About the Author

Habib Steele, previously known as Bill Steele, is a retired Minister of the Word and Sacraments in the Christian Reformed Church. He served as a missionary with Christian Reformed World Missions in the Republic of Guinea, West Africa. He is a member of New Life CRC in Guelph, Ont.