Christian Poetry/Flash Fiction

And There Was Joy

(I wrote this for a grieving mother. She had a picture she shared that captured complete joy on her face as she held her baby. It is for this mother and others this poem is written.) 

Through love, she bore

Despite pain.

Through tears she praised

Despite concern.


She held her daughter close

and she laughed.

She held close her family

and she smiled.


Holding her’s baby hand

her head bowed.

Whispering over her baby girl

she kneeled.


When waters rose

she felt Him near.

“Hold My hand.”

She trusted.


When she couldn’t lift up her hands

others lifted her in prayer.

When she couldn’t understand

He remained right there.


Somewhere she felt His hand.

“Be still.” 

Somehow she felt His grace.

“Know that I am God.”


In love she received

and she praised.

In love she gave away

and she worshipped.


In Heaven, her daughter dances and sings.

And there is joy.

On Earth, she is comforted by the brush of angels’ wings.

And there will be joy.

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29 thoughts on “And There Was Joy

  1. Wow! T.R. This is so beautiful! I am speechless.

    It’s heartbreaking and glorious all at the same time. You brought grief to life– I felt as if I was in the room with this mother, feeling her sorrow. And yet you also brought to life the joyous news that this precious baby is dancing for Jesus in heaven!

    Obviously I have never gone through ANYTHING like this tragedy (though I have seen many, including close family members, go through the horror of losing a child), but I have gone through different kinds of grief and can assuredly say that this poem captured the emotions and feelings perfectly!

    Just out of curiosity, have you shared this poem with the mother?

    Thank you so much for sharing with us!


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    1. Thank you so much, Faye. Yes, I gave this poem to the mother about a month ago. I wanted to wait on posting it. I was nervous because I didn’t know if it was too much, I just wanted to reach out one of the best ways I know how, which is writing. She got back to me a few days later and let me know it was a blessing to her and the family. At the bottom of the original poem was the daughter’s name because it has a beautiful meaning that tied into the poem, but out of respect, I decided to take that out, so this poem could be for any greieving mother. Thank you for letting me know your thoughts. I was hoping I could treat grief as gently as I could with the promise of joy. ❤

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  2. Very nicely done TR. You capture a difficult moment and bring it to a beautiful ending. I wish the best for the mother. I can’t imagine going through something like that. Only the promise of Heaven would keep me going

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