Comfort

Here’s a poem, originally written in response to a 1998 bombing in the author’s homeland of Northern Ireland, with a message of shelter and assurance in support of those impacted by Hurricane Dorian and other troubles.

There is here and there, and everywhere,
A refuge;
A house and habitation;
There is a constant calling to each,
Sean, Samuel, Ruth, Mary.

There is here and there, and everywhere,
A shelter;
Not made with hands,
But high among the peaks,
Whispering stillness.

There is here and now, and evermore,
A Mind;
A Love and a gentling;
There is a peace saying,
Be still, I am, I am that peace.

There is here and there, and everywhere,
A goodness;
A life without blemish,
A way of looking on the world,
Undisturbed.

There is here and now, and evermore,
A rest;
Protection from the storm,
Always hid with Christ,
In God, eternally.

Originally published in the June 30, 2003 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel.

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