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ON READING THE FIRST SECTION OF "SOMEONE WHO BECKONS"
BY REV. TIMOTHY DUDLEY SMITH.

Across the distant span of years,
he beckons still,
to me,
and all who would their heart long cry
of emptiness enfill.


He stands there, quietly waiting,
never urging, patient long,
not noting all our falls and slips
and turnings wrong.


But quietly calls, and speaks in tones,
that only fine tuned hearts can hear
and tremble and respond
and stronger grow,
as we, on Holy ground, draw near.


O Lord, your love, so deeply rooted in my heart,
forgive that I should try to hide
and cover it with worldly ways
and deadly pride.


Call onward still, in gentlest tones,
that break the hardened years aside,
that I may join in raptured praise,
that gloried choir
and for all time within thy love
at peace reside.


m.bowden
12pm 18th Oct. 82.
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