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Winter of My Soul

The Winter of My Soul

What is this friendless place?
Speaking to me faintly
Echoes of another time

(Inspired by a long ago reading of Chuck Swindoll’s book, “Come Before Winter”)

by Ann Justin, July 20, 2010

When I wrote this very short poem, I was just stating a fact of my life at the time, 4 years after losing my husband. My soul was in winter and yes, it was a lonely place. Memories of happier times were fading.

It was a sad place. I see it now. Cold. Distant. Quiet.

A year later, I would be having a breakdown and going through cancer. However, incongruous as it might sound, this would be a time of strengthening and recovery, and it would lead to knowing true inner joy.

This is one way God takes our circumstances and “works all things together for good, for those who love Him and are the called, according to  His purpose.”

28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.Romans 8:28 (NKJV)

28 We are assured and know that [[God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose. Romans 8:28 (AMP).
AJ ❤

12 comments on “Winter of My Soul

  1. Gwen
    October 25, 2014


  2. Gwen
    October 26, 2014

    (y) Much growth since then, Ann. ❤


  3. Opinionated Man
    October 30, 2014

    My mother had cancer and I have chronic pain. I felt the post and I hope you are feeling better soon!

    Liked by 1 person

    • annj49
      October 30, 2014

      I go for another 6 month cancer review with the surgeon this afternoon. So far I have had a clean bill of health!

      Sorry to hear about your Mom and your chronic pain. Prayers ❤

      Thanks for the response and the good wishes. ❤


  4. Joan T Warren
    January 13, 2016

    Dark night of the soul, hated that period of life. . . told God nothing was worth that kind of suffering. Yes, I retracted that statement later! God’s love is so awesome.


  5. Elizabeth
    November 11, 2016

    My husband is recovering from cancer and I have a spinal cord injury that led to many related conditions so I understand the dark night. But God is always with us, as you know. All things do work together for good even if we can’t see it sometimes. Thanks for this post. It’s good to be reminded.

    Liked by 1 person

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