by Cheryl Merrick
Alone in my dusky room,
beaten down by the whisperings
of specters from the past,
I sink lower and lower into the cushions of my chair.
"You made the wrong decision."
"You did the wrong thing."
"You are incompetent."
"You are a selfish, bad person."
Like a blanket guilt, shame, and depression
begin to smother me,
then a ray of light penetrates the gloom
reminding me of who I really am, a daughter of God,
and that I don't need to be perfect in everything right now.
All I need to do is try my best.
The Lord will do the rest.
Pushing aside this debilitating weight of fear,
and ignoring the strident voices from the past,
I rise and pull back the shutters.
Windows are flung open,
allowing light and hope
from the SON to fill the room of my heart.