Lamenting Sin’s Curse

Broken Down House

Shards of window glass
in weed-strewn sod.
Roof shingles
with the wind,
a spontaneous ovation
the dwelling
that once was.
With creaking voices,
dark halls
long-gone conversations.
Too much
too much
violent elements
have disrespected
the carpenter’s
The sagging-porch frown
tells a painful story
of beauty shattered.
All that’s left
is a
broken-down house.

My Heart Cries Out

Paul David Tripp

Paul David Tripp shares his celebrations, disappointments, cries for help, confessions, and confusions in the form of 120 poems written as he experienced God’s grace in various seasons of his life.


  • Romans 8:22–23
  • John 14


  • When you see the evidence of sin’s curse in the world, what is your response?
  • Do you complain about the world or cry out to God? Do you long more for short-term fixes or eternal paradise?

This article is adapted from My Heart Cries Out: Gospel Meditations for Everyday Life by Paul David Tripp.

Related Articles

Related Resources

Crossway is a not-for-profit Christian ministry that exists solely for the purpose of proclaiming the gospel through publishing gospel-centered, Bible-centered content. Learn more or donate today at