when you can’t remember who you are
remember that you once were sure
and liked what you saw
and what others saw in you.
when every day is just different shades of sad
remember that you once were happier
than you ever thought possible.
when you feel forgotten and unimportant
remember that you once
were fully known and fully loved
by people that were family.
when living doesn’t even feel like existing
remember you once had moments
when every breath lit joy in your bones.
when you wonder if someone still loves you
hold on to the fact
that once upon a time
the word “us” was a reality you could hold.
when you doubt God’s care
remember that once, a Man died for you
and won’t give you up so easily.
when your broken heart is too much to carry
remember that somehow once formed
every prayer and every tear
is treasured, no matter how dark
your world may appear.
these things you must at once