A while back, I wrote a Healing Thoughts on writing your own Psalm to the Lord. In the writing I said:
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I grew up thinking that expressing my emotions openly bordered on taboo. No one specifically forbade me to express my emotions, it just seemed to be the norm to me…
What I didn’t realize was that my true emotions – that I kept trapped deep inside – were festering – developing into an acidic turmoil within my heart.
I think many people feel the need to keep all their feelings trapped inside of them. Maybe it’s because they don’t want to reveal any weakness or maybe they don’t want to be overwhelmed by their feelings. Regardless, of the reason for internalizing their feelings it can be detrimental to their wellbeing to hold everything inside.
The idea behind writing your own Psalm was to allow those trapped emotions to be released to the Lord through your honest, emotional words. As a writer the idea of writing a Psalm seemed like a perfect solution. Then someone pointed out to me that they didn’t consider themselves a writer so the idea of writing a Psalm was too overwhelming to ponder. In hindsight, I can see how the idea could be intimidating to someone who doesn’t consider themselves a writer.
Recently, I’ve run across the idea of using short poems to release powerful emotions such as pain, fear, and anger. I thought to myself, “Hmmm…that’s a great idea, except I’m not a poet!” Poetry has always intimidated me. However, the more I read the poems, used in this way. the more I realized how cathartic it could be for a person. The unique thing about expressing your emotion through a poem is that it can be a quick surge of emotion and then you are done. I remember those times in my life when allowing myself to feel the emotional intensity for just a brief moment was all I could handle.
I’ve read poems written by people who have been abused, are mentally ill, suffering from PTSD, and were victims of violence. The poems were poignantly transparent and written by people who claimed to not be poets. Some of the poems were as short as 5 – 6 words but they packed a powerful emotional punch. The common denominator in all the poems was the cathartic release of emotional pain that was experienced by each writer.
Although, I don’t claim to be a poet I have written some poetry to see if their claims were true. I was pleasantly surprised. I have to say that writing poetry does allow a person to get in touch with their feelings on a different level. I’ve written poems of joy, sadness, hope, and frustration. Each time I write one it does allow the release of the emotion.
So, once again I encourage you to not keep all of your toxic emotions trapped inside of you festering. Try writing a poem to let those emotions out in a way that doesn’t overwhelm you. The poem doesn’t have to rhyme, it doesn’t have to be upbeat, in fact, it doesn’t have to be anything except words. Simply let the raw emotions flow out of you onto a piece of paper.
Then offer your words up to the One who is the Word, Jesus Christ.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it…
John 1:1, 4-5