If Only

He has saved me from death,

    my eyes from tears,

    my feet from stumbling.

And so I walk in the Lord’s presence

    as I live here on earth!

Psalms 116:8-9 NLT.

If only someone had told me

It was never my fault

Someone else was to blame

For this horrible assault

If only someone had told me

To my attacker belonged the shame

For innocence that was stolen

Leaving me never the same

If only I had been assured

That I would heal someday

Perhaps it wouldn’t have taken

So long to find my way

If You, oh God, once told me

But I failed to listen well

And spent far too many years

In what seemed a living hell

I’m thankful now You’ve declared

Your grace is all I need

To heal and grow compassion

Your love the perfect seed

Now I will tell to others

The power of my story

To reveal the truth I now know

And bring to You all glory

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Linda L. Kruschke is the author of My Name Is Beloved, winner of the Unpublished Memoir category of the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade Writing Contest, as well as a self-published author of two poetry books.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.

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