Traverse It


Traverse it

Like the well-worn lane

For the tractor

To the south acreage

Like the fence

For jumping over

Into the favourite lush woodlot

Like the path through the dunes

To that special beach

Long summers ago

Like the last three blocks

To Mom’s house

Where the smile and wisdom

Always wait.

Traverse it

Like the words so specially composed

On the night you asked her

Like the gleam in her eye

As she held that first child


Like the little girl’s

Sweet voice of song

Standing front and centre

At the recital

Like the flyway of the boy’s

First hit over the fence

At the schoolyard diamond

Like those special words of comfort

Pronounced from the heart

As one boyhood friend

Was laid to rest.

Can you traverse it?

Just so?

What did Jesus establish in Matthew five

How did He serve in John thirteen

What story told in Luke ten

What prayers uttered in John seventeen

What standard set in First Corinthians the thirteenth

What hope presented in the fifteenth

What missionary measure in Acts sixteen

What tough test in Hebrews the twelfth?

What shining image in the nineteenth

Of the Revelation?

What habitation in the twenty-first?

This is your road map

I have established it

Not Pastor with the flashy

Projected overhead

Not wordy teacher

With her seven DVD offer

On the television.

I, even I, have put this map

In your very own hands

With specialties

For your very own heart.

Traverse it

Take it to your inmost sanctum

And memory.

Treasure it.

Keep plumbing its depths.

Pain, promise, piety

Power, partnering, perfection.


Be ye not conformed to this world

But be ye transformed

By the renewing of your mind

That you might prove

What is good and acceptable

And perfect in my will.

To yourself

And to others

With the need to listen.

This commandment you have heard

From my mouth.

Never stale.

Ever compelling

And current.


8 thoughts on “Traverse It

  1. Come…”Faithful and True”…and the birds to feast. A.G.
    Rev. 19:17,18 “And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, “Come, gather together for the great supper of God, 18 so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and the mighty, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, great and small.”

  2. I have a burden concerning “Easy Street” in grasping the power of scripture. There is NO SHORT CUT. Take this living Word. Appropriate it. Appropriate Jesus, and become His ambassador in the everyday. I thought of a Men’s Group that I visit, and all the presentations that miss these vital truths…Doug

  3. Powerful…strong…good medicine for Holy Week…for Holy Life…for strength in the broken places…for reassurance. Good stuff.

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