A Distant Glimpse of the Kingdom
  • Posted: Sunday, September 01, 2002
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A Distant Glimpse of the Kingdom
A Distant Glimpse of the Kingdom

The Kingdom of Heaven is like ...
A man who, passing over a certain high ridge,
Comes upon an unknown Mountain outside his country
And there catches a glimpse of a valley within a valley
Surrounded by mountains over-towering his own.

Great footings and plains from these uplands spread,
Yet each seems to pour itself out from a single source
Lo, the surging bed of a great sea,
Into which they appear to pour themselves back,
Only to come forth again.

All of this does he see at once
Including mists that live to climb the valley's floor,
Rising to form clouds above the cliffs
Where rains tumble into streams and rivers
To race home as floodwaters to their beloved sea.

All of this does he see at once
By the Light that touches all things.
Even by the shadows the sun sends in its absence
Does he see and touch these realms without end
Knowing they too dwell at once within him.

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