Holly Ordway and Michael Ward

We muddle through this world tempest-tossed,

Beleaguered by distractions here below,

And fearing we can’t find the way; we’re lost


Unless, until, and if a word can show

A glimpse, a hint, a glimmering in the mind

That urges us to move, to seek, to know


The root and ground of love. For here we find

Our Maker does not leave His work half done,

But brings forth life and growth by His design.


The light that brings forth life has also won

The victory over death: the dragon-slayer

Whose work in this dark age is never done . . .


And so we too are called to fight: to pray,

That we may persevere – though we are weak –

To harden wills to serve Our Lord each day.


Indeed he calls us to him, week by week:

To celebrate with joy and festal song

The King of kings among us, hidden, meek . . .


The one who bore the Cross for all our wrongs,

The King of life, who died, and reigns alive,

The one who calls us Home where we belong.


Holly Ordway is Professor of English and a faculty member in the M.A. in Apologetics at Houston Baptist University; she holds a PhD in English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Her most recent book is Apologetics and the Christian Imagination: An Integrated Approach to Defending the Faith (Emmaus Road, 2017); she has contributed chapters to volumes such as C.S. Lewis at Poets’ Corner; C.S. Lewis’s List; Women and C.S. Lewis; and The Inklings and King Arthur. She is also a Subject Editor for the Journal of Inklings Studies and a published poet. Her academic work focuses on imaginative and literary apologetics, and on the writings of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.

Her current book project is Tolkien’s Modern Sources: Middle-earth Beyond the Middle Ages (forthcoming from Kent State University Press, 2019).


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Holly Ordway. “A Seven-Day Journey Through the Heavens.” An Unexpected Journal 1, no. 4. (Advent 2018): 47.

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