Elizabeth Padillo Olesen


Countdown To Surgery: A Prayer


In my dark hours of doubt
and dark moments of fear,
I beseech you, dear Lord,
to grant me courage to be.

In my tears of pain
and sighs of relief
I ask you, Lord,
to hold me by your hand
and let me see your face.

Abide in me
in this glooming sea of darkness
And let me swim
into your shore of hope and peace.

Submitted: Friday, October 19, 2012
Edited: Saturday, October 20, 2012

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Written, three days before the scheduled surgery on November 1,2010 at 8 am.

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  • Freshman - 1,841 Points Elizabeth Padillo Olesen (10/3/2013 3:21:00 AM)

    I reread this poem when I remember the ordeal of operation/ surgeries and 33 times exposures to radiation. And still this piece brings tears to my eyes. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,841 Points Elizabeth Padillo Olesen (10/20/2012 4:01:00 AM)

    Thanks, Sallam Yassin, for leaving a positive response. All of us undergo moments of darkness when the last ray of light is sought to be found in what we consider the one who created us. (Report) Reply

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