LORD Show Mercy – Grant Grace

One bolt of lightning
One crack of thunder
Woke me from sleep
I cracked the blinds
To watch the show
Your power unleashed
Yet under control

I spoke my prayer
For mercy LORD
For all of Earth’s
Inhabitants – the
Young – the old – the
Strong – the weak –
Some awake – some asleep

LORD God – our Savior-
Mistreated and cursed –
You made the way to
Forgive everyone
LORD – Let all see
Past anger
Past grief

Show mercy LORD in
This Age of Your Grace
Break the chains of
Unbelief – grant faith
Lift the downcast
Countenance – Bathe
Helplessness in hope

By Carol Ann Hoel © April 11, 2011


Acts 4-10-12 – Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at naught of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Isaiah 61:1-3 – The Bible (KJV) – (speaking to all) The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

Ephesians 2:4-9 – The Bible (KJV) (speaking to believers) – But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

About Carol Ann Ritchey

Life is good because God is good.
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22 Responses to LORD Show Mercy – Grant Grace

  1. yadayadafishpaste says:

    Bathe Helplessness in hope… I think in pictures, which is probably why I like this line so much! It makes intangible things, tangible. Thank you for some encouraging verses, Carol Ann 🙂


  2. Powerful words, Carol Ann. I especially love the ending: “Bathe helplessness in hope.” Your poems are such a blessing.

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  3. ladynimue says:

    power under control ! wow what a line …


    • Thank you! God alone possesses unlimited power always under His control. Our God is awesome! Thank you for stopping by, ladynimue, and thank you for your kind comment. Blessings to you…


  4. elizabethre says:

    Lovely poem Carol Ann. 🙂


  5. pattisj says:

    So refreshing, like the calm that comes once the storm passes. God’s heart beats in you, Carol. Thank you for your obedience to write the words He gives you to encourage us all. Blessings to you.


  6. jacsprat says:

    Thunder and lightning always make me think of man’s helplessness too. I think lightning is one of nature’s best displays of God’s beauty and power, so obvious and raw.


    • Whenever a thunderstorm comes, I am captivated and awed by it. I like to watch the lightning and hear the thunder. Somehow knowing that God is as strong and mighty as He is comforts me. I know my God is BIG! Thanks for stopping and commenting. Blessings to you…


  7. trisha says:

    amen. my dear, sweet friend.


  8. planejaner says:

    I love the vivid imagery…
    what a beautiful God portrait you have painted in my mind today!


  9. Jamie Dedes says:

    Well done, as always, Carol Ann. Thank you. Hugs!


  10. Chloe says:

    I especially love these words “Your power unleashed Yet under control” – to me, that is such a great definition of the power and mysteries of God!

    Thanks for sharing! xx


    • Thank you for stopping by and for your comment. I agree with your comment about God’s power and the mystery surrounding His rule and reign over the universe. Blessings to you, Chloe…


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