Creative Work


Alyssa Pauline Rivera

In my secret life,
I am weak.
I curl up like a baby
and cry for the shallowest reason.
I am emotionally battered.
I reflect on my past
and ache as the wounds scourge my heart.
I give in to temptation.
I think evil thoughts
as easily as picking flowers from the ground.
I am a pessimist.
I don’t believe in people’s sincerity
and in the good luck each day brings.

Isaiah 40:27-31 assures us that our way is not hidden from God, that in our moments of weakness, God makes us strong.

In my secret life, I am alone, lonely, broken.
But in the middle of my pain,
you break through the walls I put up
and touch my heart,
as easily as you toppled the walls of Jericho,
as swiftly as you walked on the sea,
as gently as you gather up the shattered pieces of my life.
You see and accept the hidden me.
Now I no longer need to hide.
I will step out of my secrets
and let your light be seen in me, Jesus.


REFLECT: How has Jesus touched your heart and healed the pain of your secret life?

—from devozine (November/December 2010). Copyright © 2010 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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