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ETERNAL LIFE

From the April 2010 issue of The Christian Science Journal


A man walks down a sunlit street
and enters a theater dark;
he dons a costume, plays a part,
and hopes his character makes a mark.
The play could be a comedy,
a tragedy, or farce;
the actor gives with all his heart
in the plot of this life's cast.
But when the play is over,
he drops that costumed role
and walks back out to sunlit street,
unchanged, untouched, and whole.

Christ Jesus played a vital role
enlightening life's stage,
but moved right on in radiant light
untouched by theater's page.
The followers in his footsteps
bring joy to this life's scene,
they, too, move on in sun-filled paths
where they have always been.
So when the curtain falls on stage,
and the play of life seems finished,
what joy to know the Christ-filled man
moves forward—undiminished.

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