Dark Friday

I wrote this piece a few years ago and thought it appropriate to post every year on Dark Friday.

Take Me, Break Me
(a prayer)
by Steve Laube

Take my eyes Lord.

Strike me blind.

* * *

Then heal me Lord
That I may see with Your eyes.

 

Take my hands Lord.
Crush every bone.

* * *

Then heal me Lord
That I may touch with Your tenderness.

 

Take my ears Lord.
Deafen me.

* * *

Then heal me Lord
That I may hear with Your sensitivity.

 

Take my feet Lord.
Amputate without hesitation.

* * *

Then heal me Lord
That I may walk only on Your path.

 

Take my tongue Lord.
Sever it.

* * *

Then heal me Lord
That I speak only with Your words.

 

Take my life Lord.
End it
Please.

* * *

Then resurrect me Lord
That I may have life only in You.

 

Hear my prayer.

 

73 Responses to Dark Friday

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    TC Avey April 6, 2012 at 5:01 am #

    Amen!

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      Shar MacLaren March 31, 2018 at 11:13 am #

      Amen, Steve! Thank you for such a poignant prayer.

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    Marti Pieper April 6, 2012 at 5:13 am #

    Agreeing with you. Thanks for sharing your heart.

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    Jackie Layton April 6, 2012 at 5:54 am #

    Powerful! But then this is a powerful day!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Jackie

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    Vie Herlocker April 6, 2012 at 6:00 am #

    Thank you, Steve. I’ve never liked the name “Good” Friday. Dark Friday is a better descriptor. Your words are appreciated on this Dark Day, but we know the Son Rises.

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    Patti Jo Moore April 6, 2012 at 6:03 am #

    Amen, Steve. Your prayer really spoke to my heart this morning and I thank you for sharing. Easter blessings to you and your family.

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    Mary Hunt April 6, 2012 at 6:30 am #

    Thank you for this, Steve. Praying for courage to pray this with my whole heart. And mean it.

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    Robin Patchen April 6, 2012 at 7:47 am #

    Amen.

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    Rebecca Barlow Jordan April 6, 2012 at 7:48 am #

    A beautiful, powerful poem, Steve. Thanks for sharing it.

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    Ruth April 6, 2012 at 7:51 am #

    Well said!! Amen….

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    Patrick April 6, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    Good word, Steve! Have a blessed Easter.

    Patrick

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    Judy Gordon Morrow April 6, 2012 at 10:46 am #

    Steve, I’ve been dwelling on the meaning of this day since early morning. Thank you for the gift of this powerful and poignant prayer. I can’t help but wonder what prompted it. I have the sense it poured out of you without a lot of effort on your part….
    (So great to reconnect with you at Mount Hermon. I pray that you and yours have a most blessed Easter.)

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    Lisa Buffaloe April 6, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    Beautiful prayer, Steve. I’m praying with you.

    Have a wonderful Resurrection Sunday!

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    Michael Joshua April 6, 2012 at 1:35 pm #

    Thanks Steve – as always, excellent.

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    Sheila Haemmerle April 6, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

    Powerful prayer, Steve. Praying to be quietly broken so we may walk boldly healed. Easter blessings to you and your family!

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    Lena Nelson Dooley April 6, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

    Wow!Steve, this is wonderful and wonderfully simple but oh so profound. Thanks for sharing with us.

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    Jean Brunson April 9, 2012 at 7:14 pm #

    Your poem expressed power with simplicity and humility with surrender.

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    Donna Swanson March 29, 2013 at 5:55 am #

    This is something many Christian authors write about. I have my own favorites and would like to share one.
    HIS EYES ARE WHAT I REMEMBER
    Lyric

    1. There was a child who came my way, he had a sweet, sad smile.
    A comely lad with callused hands, we sat and talked awhile.
    He didn’t talk about himself or of the games he played,
    instead he asked me who I was and what I did each day.

    CH: My soul grew strangely quiet, my heart was filled with peace.
    What child was this who knew me so; whose words brought strange release?
    His eyes were filled with laughter and sadness now and then.
    His eyes are what I remembered and longed to see again.

    2. I heard one day about a man who claimed to be God’s Son.
    Our elders said that he must die for what he’d said and done.
    I stood among the jeering crowd as soldiers forced him on;
    two thieves and the false messiah, being driven through the dawn.
    My God! The eyes! They are the same!
    What have my people done!
    He looks at me and through our tears forgives the thing I’ve done.

    CH. My soul grew strangely quiet; my heart was filled with peace.
    The Savior knew me as I was and granted sweet release.
    His eyes showed forth compassion and cleansing for all men.
    His eyes are what I remember and long to see again.
    c. Donna Swanson from Splinters of Light.
    Thank you for sharing with us.

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      Chris Malkemes April 18, 2014 at 5:25 am #

      Thanks for sharing. Written with true love for Him who loved with an everlasting love. You are gifted with words to share what is hard to express. This is the deep experience of His presence.
      This is the hand crafting His workmanship.

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    Ronie March 29, 2013 at 6:47 am #

    Beautiful!

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    Shannon March 29, 2013 at 6:49 am #

    Ahhh, beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

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    Susanne Dietze March 29, 2013 at 7:11 am #

    Beautiful. What a blessing to read this morning. Thanks.

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    Sharon Gillenwater March 29, 2013 at 8:54 am #

    Amen. Thank you, Steve, for sharing such a wonderful reminder of what I need to do. Bless you.

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    Jennifer Dyer March 29, 2013 at 9:24 am #

    Thank you, Steve. That was beautiful.

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    Carolyn Curtis March 29, 2013 at 9:55 am #

    I’ve begun a tradition of using this as my meditation on Good/Dark Friday, Steve. Every year its meaning becomes deeper for me. Thank you for writing it and continuing to post it.

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    Pat Lee March 29, 2013 at 10:04 am #

    Awesome God. Awesome message. Thanks for sharing it.

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    Deborah Raney March 29, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    Beautiful, thoughtful way to begin my Easter weekend. Thanks, Steve. Your poem is all the more powerful because it seems that you’ve truly prayed this prayer in your life and have received the “healing” and lived in it in word and deed.

    Blessed Easter!

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    Pat Jaeger March 29, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

    Amen.

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    Xochi E. Dixon March 29, 2013 at 11:37 pm #

    Thank you for sharing this powerful prayer, obviously written by a man after God’s own heart. I printed it out to place in my Bible. What a beautiful picture of surrender and trust. I am grateful for your spiritual leadership, Steve.

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    Nan Rinella March 30, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    Steve, this is a prayer we all should pray every day. It is the ultimate prayer of surrender. I shared the link with my blog followers today. Bless you and thank you.

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    Chris Malkemes April 18, 2014 at 5:30 am #

    Thank you, Steve. It was nice talking to you on the phone. It was nicer still to see your heart. This is what I thought of when reading it.

    Death of self – a blessing
    Trust Him with complete abandonment
    Throw off what so easily separates us
    Mine is a hand dominated by His Sovereignty.
    Mine is a heart touched by His love.

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    Ane Mulligan April 18, 2014 at 6:19 am #

    Steve, that made me cry and pray the same. God bless your Resurrection Sunday!

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    Grace Fox April 18, 2014 at 7:40 am #

    Thank you. Imagine what the world would look like if every believer embraced this prayer.

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    Pamela (Pammer) James April 18, 2014 at 8:40 am #

    This is amazing. Thank you for sharing.

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      Sandy Mauck April 18, 2014 at 9:39 am #

      Very Beautiful.
      And God is faithful to do it all.

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    Shannon McNear April 18, 2014 at 9:48 am #

    I think I understand this better, this year, than ever before … thank you!

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    Janet Ann Collins April 18, 2014 at 9:57 am #

    Wow!

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    Jean Brunson April 18, 2014 at 12:37 pm #

    I love that prayer/poem. It takes a brave person to even ask that. It opens doors to opportunities that can stretch a person beyond the limits of imagination, but never without rewards.

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    Edwina Cowgill April 18, 2014 at 6:31 pm #

    What a beautiful, humble prayer. May it be my prayer this Easter and every day!

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    Ron Andrea March 25, 2016 at 4:38 am #

    Amen.

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    Christine Malkemes March 25, 2016 at 5:10 am #

    It’s the great exchange. To give what we think precious to receive what He knows is a treasure is the essence of a yielded heart.

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    Joan Campbell March 25, 2016 at 5:27 am #

    Such a difficult prayer to pray, but just what we need to be whole and then follow Him…wholeheartedly. Thank you.

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    Darlene L. Turner March 25, 2016 at 6:11 am #

    Love it. Amen. Thanks for sharing, Steve.

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    Elaine March 25, 2016 at 6:18 am #

    Thank you. I’m going to “adopt” this prayer as one of my own.

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    fanny March 25, 2016 at 7:11 am #

    There were many times when I thought it better to cease existing. Maybe my faith is weak. My mind tells me that if for all these years of my life I talked to my Saviour then why should I feel blank in adversity? Today is Good Friday. I shall cease complaining and join the rest at the foot of the cross.

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    Rachel Malcolm March 25, 2016 at 7:33 am #

    This is such a powerful prayer. Thank you for sharing.

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    Linda March 25, 2016 at 8:01 am #

    Beautiful. When I was a brand new Christian, I would’ve found it impossible to pray this kind of prayer with the depth of understanding it needs. But now many years later and with the suffering I have seen, I understand how limited my sight and hearing really are, if not filtered through the suffering of Jesus on the cross. My gratitude to my Savior grows more and more. Thank you for sharing.

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    Donna March 25, 2016 at 9:20 am #

    Thank you! What a beautiful prayer to offer to the Lord. It’s one He can use to make us useful in His kingdom. I’ll be sharing this at church tomorrow.

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    Judith McCormack March 25, 2016 at 9:39 am #

    What a beautiful prayer and a blessing on this day.

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    Gail Langley March 25, 2016 at 1:05 pm #

    Never thought of asking God to touch my body in that way, but it is a great way to wake me up. Thanks for sharing.

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    Michael Emmanuel March 25, 2016 at 1:09 pm #

    Amen. Amen. Amen.

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    Patti Jo Moore March 25, 2016 at 2:51 pm #

    Amen. Thank you for sharing this, Steve. Each year when I read this it moves my heart yet again.
    Blessings as we look forward to celebrating our risen Christ. 🙂

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    Carolyn Knefely March 25, 2016 at 3:12 pm #

    Outstanding.

    Write on!

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    bengstrom@hotmail.com March 25, 2016 at 4:43 pm #

    So special, Steve. I want you to know how exceptional your post is. Yes, it is Dark Friday. I suspect the ‘Good’ label means it will be good in three days. But, it does make me wonder about how and why Jesus’ church calls it ‘Good.’ Thank you for a very special piece, and peace.
    Bonnie

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    Daniel J. Parker March 26, 2016 at 12:50 pm #

    Anointed writing !

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    Thomas Thornton March 27, 2016 at 9:55 am #

    Right in line my friend. Thank you for your inspirational post. Happy Easter. Matthew 22:37

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    Marie Wells Coutu March 30, 2018 at 5:10 am #

    Wow. Powerful prayer. Thanks for sharing it.

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    Dianne Barker March 30, 2018 at 5:17 am #

    Yes! Thanks for verbalizing what is in my heart as well!

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    Rebekah Love Dorris March 30, 2018 at 6:11 am #

    Wow. Chills. Amen.

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    Andrew Budek-Schmeisser March 30, 2018 at 6:33 am #

    Brilliant and moving poem, Steve.

    We have all walked our own personal Via Dolorosa – or we will, be it one of physical pain or loss or disaffection or shame.

    But from another season, the words of King Wenceslas still ring out:

    “Mark my footsteps well, my page,
    tread thou in them boldly.
    Thou shalt find the winter’s rage
    freeze thy blood less coldly”

    Our path has been marked, and though the cold will rip our flesh and chill our bones, we have the broad back of a ing to give us shelter.

    God bless us, every one.

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    Lori Altebaumer March 30, 2018 at 6:40 am #

    Powerful and such a beautiful reminder of the surrender we strive for! What a glorious life we will lead when this is our anthem, moment by moment. Thank you!

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    Carolyn Knefely March 30, 2018 at 6:44 am #

    You’re speaking the heart beat of believers today. Well done. Thank you for sharing. Write on!

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    Joey Rudder March 30, 2018 at 7:02 am #

    Amen. Absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with us, Steve.

    Have a blessed Easter.

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    Xochitl E. Dixon March 30, 2018 at 7:51 am #

    I read this, and commented, when you shared it in 2013. Since then, you have continued to be a wonderful mentor and friend. I thank God for your partnership in sharing the Gospel of Christ, as well as for your inspiring leadership and encouragement over the years. As I read your prayer again, I still stand in agreement and say, “Me, too, Lord!” Hallelujah! Thanks for being you, Brother.

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    Melissa Henderson March 30, 2018 at 10:27 am #

    Beautiful. This touches my heart. Have a blessed Easter! He is Risen!

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    Lisa C. Miller March 30, 2018 at 11:48 am #

    What a treasure.

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    Tisha Martin March 30, 2018 at 12:08 pm #

    Steve,
    When I contemplated the depth of these beautiful phrases and let them penetrate my heart and mind, goosebumps prickled on my arms and. Chilling and powerful words. Truth. We are nothing, Jesus is everything, and it is only through His sacrifice that we even dare to live.
    Thank you for composing such a somber but uplifting reminder.
    Have a blessed Easter/Resurrection weekend.

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    Patti Lee March 30, 2018 at 12:38 pm #

    Truth. Beautiful. Thank you, Steve.

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    Mary-Anne March 30, 2018 at 12:45 pm #

    So incredibly beautiful x

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    Diana Derringer March 31, 2018 at 7:03 am #

    What a powerful message. Thank you.

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    claire o'sullivan April 1, 2018 at 6:25 pm #

    tear-provoking

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    Judi Clarke April 4, 2018 at 1:16 pm #

    Beautiful, Steve. Thank you!

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