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 Fellow of Faith and Culture at the Word on Fire Institute. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and is the author of Apologetics and the Christian Imagination: An Integrated Approach to Defending the Faith. She is also a Visiting Professor of Apologetics at Houston Baptist University, a Subject Editor for the Journal of Inklings Studies, and a published poet. Her academic work focuses on imaginative apologetics, and on the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien. Her most recent book is Tolkien’s Modern Reading: Middle-earth Beyond the Middle Ages (Word on Fire Academic, 2021). Her website is hollyordway.com.
Holly Ordway. “A Seven-Day Journey Through the Heavens.” An Unexpected Journal 1, no. 4. (Advent 2018): 47.
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