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Photo – Wendell A. Brown.

You brought me a wonderful answer
Lord, to a prayer I would pray today
You allowed me such forgiveness
Raising me up from the place I laid

I was very close to perishing
Though no one else could tell
For I was living each passing day
In my own tormented spiritual hell

I slowly started to fade away
As the emptiness did take hold
I only saw that the end was near
That there was only one way to go

I was stubborn and would not
Humble myself, always thinking I
Knew the way, but my ways would
Only lead me to many painful days

I found I was surely at a bad place
In my life as low as one could go
And my sin had shackled my spirit
In the way, many sinners come to know

And there I was in need of prayer
But who Lord would pray for me,
For I was selfish and only caring
About myself, yes Lord for only me

And your living word was passed to
Me from my dear sweet mother’s hands
And I passed from sins death penalty
To where those forgiven can only stand

I was set free from my sinful bondage
As your grace Lord answered my prayer
Giving my life a beautiful new beginning
A lasting cherished gift precious and dear

I still remember the time You saved me
That awesome day I became truly free
And I will thank You, Lord, unceasingly
For the priceless love, you daily give to me.
Written, November 1976, during a special time
of spiritual renewal, restoration, and change
The verses I read were from the Book of Jonah,
in my mother’s bible. I a prodigal son, she said
had been running from the Lord, and I returned
to His loving embrace, after reading this chapter
in the book of Jonah. I am sharing this poem
because I was led to do so, for some who tonight
are in need. May God bless all of you!

Jonah 2, 1-9
From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God.
He said: “In my distress, I called to the Lord, and he
answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead, I
called for help, and you listened to my cry. You
hurled me into the depths, into the very heart of the
seas, and the currents swirled about me; all your
waves and breakers swept over me. I said, ‘I have
been banished from your sight, yet I will look again
toward your holy temple.’ The engulfing waters
threatened me, the deep surrounded me; seaweed
was wrapped around my head. To the roots of the
mountains, I sank down; the earth beneath barred me
in forever. But you, Lord my God, brought my life
up from the pit. “When my life was ebbing away
I remembered you, Lord, and my prayer rose to you,
to your holy temple. “Those who cling to worthless
idols turn away from God’s love for them. But I,
with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to
you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say,
‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’”

Photo Image Credit,
Wendell A. Brown,