When the devastating tsunami struck Japan in March 2012, writer and poet Gretel Erlich visited Japan to document the destruction. In moments when she became overwhelmed and inadequate to report what she was seeing, she wrote poetry. In an interview she said, “My old friend, a poet now gone, said, a poem is an emergency of the spirit.”
We find poetry throughout the Bible especially in the Book Psalms and Lamentations, to express deep emotions, ranging from joyful praise to anguished loss.
When we face an emergency of the spirit – whether glad or sad – our prayers can be a poem to the Lord.
God does more than hear our words; he reads our hearts.