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From the September 2022 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Sometimes I feel like an acorn
scattered by a great oak
washed down hillside and ravine
eluding raven, rodent, rot
eventually nestling safely
in God’s dear bosom 

Long I lay dormant, wordlessly
nourished by His wisdom
watered by His truth
warmed by His love
patiently, expectantly
awaiting His Word 

Then one day a great stirring
a light from within, a newness
as I shyly peek through the soil
as my tender stem and branches
reach meekly skyward
and my tiny leaves unfurl 

Each morning I greet with hope and purpose
lodging bird and bee
breasting breeze and torrent
enduring drought, beetle, blaze
unfolding more of the wisdom, Love, and grandeur
from which I’m fashioned  

As my true selfhood dawns
trunk and limbs grow strong
roots firm and deep
canopy broad and majestic
no longer looking up from earth
but out from on high
silently thankful for my humble station

and for God’s unwavering, tender care
for all His creation.

—Chris Jones

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