Lines of Gratitude

You lead us gently, always gently, where
you will. Your voice is quiet and sublime.
You let us rest along the way, and there
you help us find delights in our own time.
You do not shield us from the anguished soul,
but show us how to pity and forgive
and through our pity to become more whole
in spirit, as you teach us how to live
in all our diverse ways. You understate
the passion in your being, yet we discern
how deeply you desire that soon or late
in our discipleship we each shall learn
the simplest truth that nature can impart -
that we have all of us one human heart.

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