Monday Morning Poetry, June 12

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To Douglas V.  Steere


You etched on my soul,

never to be erased,

some demanding phrases:

   “unlimited liability”

           no limits to our responsibility for one another;

   “besieging love”   

            a hounding God always in pursuit;

   “attention and abandonment”

            requirements for authentic prayer.


But more, your words and instructions

took on flesh in your personal life.

Your teachings and service were authentic.