Wander Not Alone

Originally published Saturday, 10 July 2021.

John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’”

John 1:23 NIV

I wander in the wilderness
Oh my body of flesh and bone
Haunted by crushing loneliness
As despair grips my heart of stone
Yet onward and onward I press

Oasis in this wilderness
Appears unbidden in my sight
In its shade I find peacefulness
The bounty of God’s holy might
As over and over I’m blessed

I am called back to wilderness
Wandering again I must go
No longer alone in distress
God’s grace ever with me I know
In His way I will acquiesce

Are you dear one in wilderness
Troubled and trudging in great fear
Look up and find hope to profess
Remember that Jesus is near
You can trust in His faithfulness

Linda L.

Linda L. Kruschke is the author of My Name Is Beloved, winner of the Unpublished Memoir category of the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade Writing Contest, as well as a self-published author of two poetry books. She is a wife, mother, active member of her church, former Bible Study Fellowship leader, and recovering lawyer. She works as the Director of Legal Publications for the Oregon State Bar. But her real passion is sharing God’s healing grace with others, especially those haunted by sexual trauma and abortion. She struggled with major clinical depression for many years, but through the power of forgiveness has become a fearless follower of Christ, living in the assurance of her salvation and God’s love. She blogs at Another Fearless Year and Broken Believers.