Julie A Smith

(Illinois)

Grateful (God is my rock)


You gave me peace
last night
when I was home
late,
tired,
and not feeling well.
I opened the bill
and stared
in shock
at the late fee
marked on it.
Twenty-five dollars
for a bill
that I mailed
15 days early,
which somehow took
19 days.

How is that even possible?
Would the Pony Express be faster?
There must be a reason,
perhaps a problem
that no one wants to admit.
But assessing me
a late charge
is grossly unfair.
I object.

But as I pondered
and frustration and a financial lament
was threatening to arise,
then something changed.
Softly
sweetly
placidly
Your peace
touched my heart
and for once
I did not freak out.

Thank You, Lord,
for your peace
in one more storm
that seems to be never ending.
You are my rock.
You are my shelter.
You are my strength.
You love me in spite of all my faults and failures.
You created me.
You care about me
and that is not just a myth
or a fairytale
of an idyllic girl.
And for all of that
and for so much more,
I am grateful.

Submitted: Sunday, January 06, 2013
Edited: Sunday, December 22, 2013
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Poet's Notes about The Poem

This poem was written on 1/4/13. It is inspired by my grateful awareness of God. I know that if God watches over and cares about the sparrow, then He watches over and cares about me. We all matter to God. I do not think life is meaningless or that everything is an accident or fully explained by the theory of evolution. I believe in God and in creation and in divine things.

Also, on a completely different note, my Mom was a postal carrier for almost my entire life. I have an overwhelming respect for the trials that postal carriers go through, from dog bites, to falls, to dealing with weather elements like ice and snow. Thus, when referencing the Pony Express, I am not trying to be unkind, but rather I am expressing a frustration with the apparent unreliability and slowness of the U.S. postal service regarding one specific situation (i.e. delivery of my bill that should not have been late) . However, perhaps the fault does not lie with the U.S. postal service. Currently it is a mystery.

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