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Songs From The Pit

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Meet The Author

Steven Massey

Father

Marco was born in Mexico, Guatemala in 2007. At the age of 47, Steve became a father for the first time. Since Jill and Steve were not able to have children of their own...

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Pastor

Steve graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in 1988. He was a vicar in Zacapa, Guatemala from 1985-87. He served as a missionary to the Hispanic population in...

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Survivor

April 14, 2013, was the day that everything changed. It was a Sunday. They were at church, like every Sunday. Later that evening, Jill suffered a brain aneurism...

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Bilingual

Being bilingual really began as a challenge. When he was in 7th grade, he was told that he should not study a foreign language. He would have to study hard, just to get a C.

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Prayers Prayed

Songs Sung

Sleepless Nights

Tears Shead

To you, O LORD, I call; my rock, be not deaf to me, lest, if you be silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit. Hear the voice of my pleas for mercy, when I cry to you for help, when I lift up my hands toward your most holy sanctuary.

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As I read different Psalms, I saw the image of the pit to describe a time of great personal difficulty. When the idea of this book came to me, I felt like I was in a pit with no escape from so many destructive emotions. I thought “what better way to describe my grief walk?!” So the title of the book was born.

As you will see in the poem, “Walking into the Canyon”, there are phases that speak to the descent into and out of the pit. Now I know technically, one cannot hike in and out of a pit. But the imagery is powerful, and it describes beautifully the desperation one feels when overwhelmed by grief and depression. Poem 1 describes some of the steps in my grief journey. In this book, poems 2-16 describe my descent into the pit. The bottom of the pit only has two poems. After all, once somebody reaches the bottom, one does not want to linger there. Poems 19-27 address the time of healing. There is still a lot of pain while one heals, as one climbs out of the canyon, but one look ups and sees that progress is being made slowly and steadily climbing out of the pit.

I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD.
- Psalm 40:1-3
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