A Need for Cleansing

Sometimes, tears are the only way of expressing our pain, our joy, our excitement, or even
reservations about life. Tears can be a tremendous release. We should never hold back our feelings. Holding them inside can cause more pain. God can turn that pain into joy! Begin to praise Him in the good times as well as the tough times. You will begin to notice a change in the way you view life. God loves the praises of His children.


Cleansing Rain

Attentively, my mind begins to focus on the raindrops,
Falling lavishly outside my window—
Reminders of soul-crushing tears

When life’s misfortunes bathed my face
With such unforgiving sorrow.

Thoughts of heartache and hopelessness return—
Memories of feeling isolated and frightened of this world,

Pain-filled nights when sweet slumber
Refused to enter my room,
And times when disappointment plagued my being.

However, as I now pay closer attention,
My heart is moved by the echo of each raindrop
And tears escape their hiding place,

Cascading down my cheeks, even more hastily than before.

The tears falling so freely today are none of sadness.
Their purpose evolved from the heavens—

Reminders of God’s infinite love and grace.
It spills upon my cheeks
And seeks the gentle embrace within my soul.

Father, You are my Hope and my Healer.
When days grow lonely and nights become weary,

You are there, and You understand my suffering.

You hold me in the palm of Your mighty hand.
You touch the depths of my pain
And abolish all my fears,
Turning my mourning into tears of joy.

Again, I watch as these raindrops trickle down my window pane,
And their performance makes me smile.

I am now able to appreciate the beauty in their display;
For they offer cleansing to all they fall upon,
Just as my teardrops will purify my soul…
One drop at a time.

© 2012 Doris Hayes Gibson
All Rights Reserved


About Heart Written: Doris Hayes Gibson

My name is Doris Hayes Gibson. My life revolves around Jesus Christ, my Creator, my Redeemer, the Lord of my worship, and the Hope for my tomorrow. My passion is to illustrate God's beauty and love through poetry and song lyrics. I have created hundreds of framed poetry images. Some were gifts of encouragement; some to honor a memory of a loved one, and some were created to help someone celebrate a special occasion. After living out of state for several years, I am, once again, residing in the beautiful Upstate of South Carolina. I have three grown children, five grandchildren, and a blue tortoiseshell Burmese cat. Illustrating God's beauty and love through words of poetry is my deepest passion. Although I have always enjoyed writing, it wasn't until 2005 (when God shut one door) that I realized He was opening the door of a tremendous opportunity to see Him use me in a spectacular way. While I do not claim any greatness of ability in any shape or form, I do know that God brought me through many trials and heartaches for such a time as this. I am now able to share this gift of poetry, with which He has blessed me, to magnify Him through blessing others. I Peter 4:10,11 states: "Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen." Through my writings, my main goal is to edify Christ. If I have touched one person in a positive way through this ministry, I know it will be worth every effort I put into my work. As I have said before, "This is My Labor of Love...but God's Work of Art." My first book, Heart Written - Breaking Free, was published in November of 2012. It is my prayer that it will reach countless souls and bless lives in tremendous ways. In 2014, my second book, Heart Written - Calling Me, was published. My third and fourth books, Heart Written - Cleansing River and Heart Written - Guarded Treasures, are now available. Please visit any online bookstore to purchase my books or contact me for your personally signed copies of my Heart Written series.
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