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Monday, October 19, 2015

Comfort In the Words-a poem

CHRIST IN WINTER: Reflections on Faith for the Years of Winter… ©

Even when I have wandered
Into dark deep woods
Without a compass, so far lost
Not even moss to be a guide
On North or any other side
So lost I cannot grasp
The horns of sanctuary
In the Word
I still find comfort in the words
A rhyme perched bird-like on a branch
A hymn in stanzas of the leaves
A story writ on fallen bark of birch
Or writer’s oak
A story writ from end to start

John Robert McFarland

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