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SHE NEVER KNEW

Elizabeth Green, 16

She never knew they had her back.
She never knew they wouldn’t attack.
She never knew they cared how she felt.
She never knew they would’ve helped.

She never knew she wasn’t alone.
She felt apart, cut off, on her own.
She never learned what friendship meant.
Her experiences with friendship were twisted and bent.

“This is why I weep and my eyes overflow with tears. No one is near to comfort me, no one to restore my spirit.”
Lamentations 1:16a (NIV)

She had no one to confide in, to share her heart.
She had no one to lean on when things fell apart.
Where there could’ve been love, all she had was a void.
She had no respite or peace or joy.

Every day they watched from afar.
What they did to help her didn’t meet par.
The balance was tipped, her scale going down.
Day by day, she was losing ground.

They said they were surprised when they heard the news.
But really they weren’t. It was all she could do.
They vowed next time they would really care.
But what would they do when the next time was there?

 

ACT ON IT: Do you know of someone who is lonely? Don’t stand and watch from afar. Be a friend. Let him or her know you care.

—from devozine (May/June 2015). Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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