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I don’t see the dust
then seeing I remember

and know He does not forget

and understands with Love

For he knoweth our frame;
he remembereth we are dust.

Psalm 103: 14 (KJV)

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Poem: Ellen Grace Olinger

O Christ, Be Closer

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Cotoneaster

O CHRIST, BE CLOSER

O Christ, be closer
Closer than my afflictions, and
closer than my health
O Christ, be closer
Closer than my fears, and
closer than my hopes
O Christ, be closer
Closer than my solitude, and
closer than the crowd
O Christ, be closer
Closer than my failures, and
closer than my successes
O Christ, be closer
Closer than my nightmares, and
closer than my dreams
O  Christ, be closer
Closer than my memories, and
closer than my visions
O Christ, be closer
Closer than my life, and
closer than my death
O Christ, be closer

“O Christ, Be Closer” received the Nellie Flory Memorial Award from Explorer Magazine in 1998.

Reprinted in Time Of Singing (Winter 2015/16).

“O Christ, Be Closer” was given to me after major surgery and during recovery from a chronic illness.  I took the photos in the post yesterday.

reading a memoir
and then the view
outside today

Ellen Grace Olinger

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Lake Michigan