if/when you're going through hell


















You don't know how you ended up here 
In this wasteland 
This furnace 
This place of fire and brimstone 
You don't know 
How the floor dropped from beneath you
And you ended up here
In hell

They say demons live here
You know them well
And as far as torment goes-
Dante's Inferno has got nothing on you
The walls of this pit
Are well acquainted with your screams

Singed lungs
Smokey throat
And a voice hoarse
From no use
Misuse
And abuse

Things that once held your fingerprints
Hold them no longer
The flames have licked them off
And devoured every thing
every hope
every dream
Left it all in ashes

So, you left them there
Let the soot take the passion
Choke it out
Just like you're choking out that prayer
Please don't leave me here alone.”

And I know you want to quit
You've been running for so long, love
Knee deep in lava
Feet cut up by rocks
Gashes across those knuckles
Bruises on that weary heart

Can I tell you something
A wise man once said?
If you're going through hell
You must keep on going
For that is no place to stop
And if you're feeling too weak
Like you can't possibly continue on
Remember that it's in the midst
Of weakness that His strength shows up

Because if the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego has anything to tell
It's the promise that

We do not go through the fire alone


-ashlyn

22 comments:

  1. sounds weir to say 'this is fire' given the content, but uh, this is fire alright <3

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  2. ..Wow. This is amazing. And I was literally about to say "this is fire" so when I saw Kate's comment I kind of died. XD But this is incredible and you are incredible.

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    1. It made me smile hahaha because it's kind of a pun and I love puns so...
      Thank you so much!

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  3. Dude. Just whoah. SO STUNNING. SUCH TRUTH.

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  4. aiiiieeeee girl this is crazy. I love the last lines especially... and the way you formatted them for MAXIMUM IMPACT. I literally felt those words hit my chest, heard the mic drop as it hit the stage... you're killing me. you belong here. <3

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    1. Ahhhhh thank you!!! That means so much!

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  5. Because if the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego has anything to tell
    It's the promise that

    We do not go through the fire alone



    WHHHHOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA GIRL LITERALLY MY HEART EXPLODED INTO A MILLION PIECES. I will never forget these lines.

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    1. THAT WAS MY THOUGHT EXACTLY!!!

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    2. Ahhhhh oh my gosh you guys thank you I'm blushing! <3

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  6. woah.

    A Dante reference, a wise quote, and a Biblical story all in one post. LOVE!!!!!!!

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    1. <3333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333

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    2. dude. why you gotta be making me cry like that.
      (But thank you<3)

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  8. Agh! No words! This is just so amazing! I love the last bit of the poem! Really powerful!:D
    -Emma-

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  9. I have no words! This is such a beautiful, power piece of writing, and it's so encouraging. This is the way I want to write. Thank you so much for sharing it with us, Ashlyn!

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm glad you liked it!

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