where other than here?

Wherever we may be, we can welcome and bear witness to God’s ever present goodness, love, and truth, as this poem conveys.

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where would i rather be
than here?

for where other than here
can there be all –

all that can be sought,
hoped for –
where other than here...

for here
right here
God is.
God, the “I” of all being: I am

and would i not rather be
“doorkeeper in the house of my God” –
to welcome, receive, witness, embrace
all that Love is calling forth,
all that Life is sending,
Truth revealing –
than any possible other thing?
(“For a day in thy courts is
        better than a thousand....”)

this is no dormant day
there is no withholding
no need for wondering or waiting
for good to come,

throw wide the door
give thanks
say yes
open your hands

the great Giver gives

Originally published in the November 2021 issue of The Christian Science Journal.

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