XXXVIII. I thank You, Lord, that in this desert dry

A clean heart create for me, God; renew within me a steadfast spirit. Do not drive me from before your face, nor take from me your holy spirit. Restore to me the gladness of your salvation; uphold me with a willing spirit. Psalm 51 (50): 12-14

I thank You, Lord, that in this desert dry

My faith has blossomed, for to You I cling.

You’ve rid my life of much that would me pry

From Your sweet care and from the life You bring.

The field that is my soul receives sweet rains,

Although my life seems arid, strewn with dust.

You’ve shattered my illusions, and my chains.

You’re teaching me to live in humble trust.

I grumble, yet real fruit appears from grace;

I see this time is not without great growth.

To You I march, though stranded in this place,

With weariness profound and grand awe both.

From nothing You create, and landscape bare

You use to form hearts pure and children fair.

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About Victoria Grefer

Victoria is a New Orleans girl, born and raised, with an appreciation for the charm of the Deep South. She has a bachelor's degree in Spanish and English and a master's degree in Spanish literature, all from the University of Alabama. From the age of six she dreamed of becoming a writer, and her writing career begin in the third grade with a series of stories about herself and her friends solving mysteries. She self-published the Herezoth trilogy between 2012 and 2014 and is working on its second edition. She is soon to be a graduate student of theology.
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