Saved by Grace

“The salvation of man is through love and in love” 
― Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

There was a moment in my life
when quiet hallowed chambers
of an old church became my sanctuary.

Dusky sunlight fell across a scarred plank floor
through blood-stained windows where-
The body of Christ nailed to the rugged cross stared
at dervish phantoms of dust drifting in dank air
as they danced with paraffin smoke of Paschal candles.

This became my naive soul’s salvation for awhile
Among strangers and friends, a respite from pain-
where tattered hymnals grasped by aging hands
held words to Amazing Grace, sung with lament
As a parade of broken souls walked down the aisle
to become whole and saved once again.

©2022 Linda Lee Lyberg

Author’s Note: Written for Shay’s Word Garden List- Jim Morrison and The Sunday Muse #235

Linda Lee Lyberg is a wife, mother, artist, published poet and author. She resides in Mesa, AZ with her husband Pete (aka The Big Viking) of 26 years and their latest rescue, Jackson “Jax” Lyberg. Linda writes various forms of poetry, as well as short stories. You can read more of her works at: and view anthologies containing her work here: Amazon Author Page

32 Comments on “Saved by Grace

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  2. Everyone needs a sanctuary–be it a place, a person, or something else–and they have a way of appearing at just the right time. So nice to see you at the List!


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  3. God, I loved his music! Quiet churches used to be welcoming places of sanctuary, any time of day. “A respite from pain.” A place to sit quiet out of the madhouse for a spell. I think its sad how now they are all locked up except before services.

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  4. I have been there as well Linda, solace in solemnity. Wonderful write my friend. 🙂✌🏼🕊❤️


  5. During my high school years, I found the same sanctuary in church, so this poem resonated for me. Lovely, Linda.

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