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The Light in the Woods

Words from my Grandfather

My Aunt Carol passed along this poem my grandfather had written the year I was born. His light touched thousands. I miss him dearly.

The Surprising New Year

There are so many things unknown of this coming new year;
So many thing that are yet to come into being,
And I am not only unaware of what, but of when and where,
And most of all, why.

Of one thing, though, I am sure: I will be surprised!
I can not engage in childish anticipation of these
surprises, for some, I Know, shall be surprises which
Dishearten, and better left undone.

My Master shall many times ask, Lovest Thou Me?
And I will be surprised how easy it is to answer,
Yes, Lord, I Do. And further surprised at times
By how very little it shows.

But, on some of its days ere they have all flown,
I hope to answer Him in facts and by deeds
Which speak louder and last longer than words;
And surprise myself, not Him.

Other people will provide many of the surprises I have.
Though I watch them each day and am aware of them
Continually, there are some who will enter the new year as
aimless children and leave it as youths, with direction.

Some will be, in its opening weeks, awkward and restless
In their teens, destined to consider its closing days
With the mind and logic of maturity–as men and women.
I can not see this growth by day, but by the year–It’s surprising!

Many of them, whom I know best because we have been
Entrusted with about the same number of these
Persistent and regular new years, will seem to change
Very little, and end this one as they began;
But I’ll be surprised if we DO.

With all of these, and the others who will be working,
Worshiping, and serving together in reality
And in Spirit, will grow, and with them there will be
A visible image growing: Their Church.
Their God will be pleased, and we–surprised.

RWH (Robert W. Hughey) 3 Jan. 1965

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