Pass It On – Mary Cartledgehayes

By: Sarah Bishop

Posted: October 14, 2021

Category: Daily Devotional

Psalm 22:1-2

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer; and by night, but find no rest. Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. In you our ancestors trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them. To you they cried, and were saved; in you they trusted, and were not put to shame.”

Author and poet, Mary Cartledgehayes’ Semisweetness and Light poetry book 2006 was a source of comfort and support during a year of Seminary for me. She visited the campus for a reading of a selections of poems, including the one below.

It’s all right
For you to be angry
If it grants you
Comfort or courage
Or a way to occupy
Yourself on the bad days.
Don’t deny your anger
because you think God can’t
take it. God’s shoulders
are plenty broad.


O Lord, our deliverer and shepherd, we find comfort that in all our myriad of emotions we can call upon You to hear and be that ultimate source of comfort. It’s all alright and You will deliver us, in Christ’s powerful name, we pray. Amen.