A Passage Into Lifeby Laura J. Gray Mitchell
This book of poetry does not read like a novel because of its rhyme, brevity and omission of detail. However, it is meant to teach, inspire, and awaken, opening eyes, ears and hearts to help examine ourselves, see who we as a people are, where we are headed and where we are taking our children, families, communities and nation, and what we can to do to help/i>
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This book of poetry does not read like a novel because of its rhyme, brevity and omission of detail. However, it is meant to teach, inspire, and awaken, opening eyes, ears and hearts to help examine ourselves, see who we as a people are, where we are headed and where we are taking our children, families, communities and nation, and what we can to do to help bring about-or restore-wholeness in our lives and the lives of others.
The first poem in the collection, "The Child Who'd Come" is inspired by a real and overlooked little girl caught in an unwholesome situation not of her making. Another poem, "Grand Guardian," was inspired by real people. It is, though, written to a wider population who may be in the same circumstances as the individual whose silent, passionate voice we hear as we read, and the human subjects that the individual addresses.
Other poems in the collection are reflections on Almighty God and the love he has for his people and creation. Still others have personal thoughts that I want to sharewith you as well as those who are special to my heart.
A PASSAGE INTO LIFE is for people who are hurting; also for hopeful people, joyful
people, people of faith, and people who have little faith or no faith. It is for saint and
sinner alike. It is to help anyone who has been hurt mentally, physically or spiritually. It
is also for anyone who harms others in a big way or small way, any way at all.
I believe that everyone who finds himself or herself in trouble in this life can find
a way out. You will need the help of others who love the Lord God, who genuinely care
about what happens to you. They may not always seem to do things the right way-your
way. They may seem like they are hypocrites or insincere at times, or seem harsh, giving
you some "tough love." But they can be your stepping stone, to lift you up out of deep
despair, disgrace, shame, unhappiness and hopelessness if you are willing to listen to the
voice of the Lord in His grace and wisdom, and believe the Lord will help you.
The voice and word of God tells us of the good and the evil things that happen in
this life. When we find ourselves facing problems, troubles or the worst of evils, God can
lead us to what is good and perfect through Jesus Christ. When some people have done
things to harm and hurt you, call the Lord!!! God can pick you up and lead you into
healing, goodness, and wholeness so that you will be able to keep on going in this life no
matter what may happen or what may have happened to you in the past.
It is important that you believe God is real, and that this real, living God who
created us all and all things in the world and beyond, is not just somewhere out there, but
always near to you and the situation you may find yourself in, whether you've been
listening to him or not. Learn what God can do to and for all kinds of people and what
He has done through Jesus Christ with people who lost belief and faith in God, or who
have stopped paying attention to Him. If you never knew God-or about God-or you
lost your belief and faith in Him, you must learn or re-learn about this Creator and keeper
of us all. The Holy Scriptures-the Bible, the word of God-is the key. It is important to know
that someone faithful to the Lord God can help you understand. Pray, and ask God
I believe in God through Jesus Christ. You may guess that I am a member of
the Christian faith-a sinner-who sometimes thinks she is doing the right
thing, the best thing, only to find she has made mistakes in judgment or in
what she has done, without knowing better or thinking that it was right or
the better thing to do at the time. I am not perfect: I am not God or Jesus.
What I am is a sinner saved by the special grace of God through the love of Jesus
Christ. I am always hoping, praying and trying to be a better person in the
heart and eyes of God each day...and I hope that you-also a sinner-will
allow yourself to be saved by that very special grace that only God is able to give.
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