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Linda L. Kruschke is the author of My Name Is Beloved, winner of the Unpublished Memoir category of the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade Writing Contest, as well as a self-published author of two poetry books.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