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Swinging a lamp high he raced
Dark nights on rain swept hills
A man of many lanterns seeking
Shouting my name echoing in caves
His light ablaze as brave as his heart
He was not ad-libbing his wild pursuit
But chased along precipitous routes
High mountains, places unreachable
Where I had run so long I hardly knew
Who I was and what mattered most
Let alone my longing need for truth
But loving me stronger than strong
He swept me, His broken hearted one
Straight off my running, wounded feet
Lifted me in commitment running deep
As rivers coursing through blazing deserts
I could scarcely believe His loving rescue
Encircling three-corded strand surrounding
Holding me so close, binding my life to His
You’re one in a million, He whispered
And laughing, I accepted His ‘go for it’
And wore diamonds of faith and love
Catching hold His undying promise
Be mine…for eternity…I AM yours
Copyright 2011 S. Michaels
Knowing Every Acre
Author’s note: We know almost nothing of the husband of one of the Bible’s most dynamic women - Deborah, a highly intelligent woman of God, considered a prophetess, Deborah was a judge of Israel in the Bible. Her husband's name, which is all we actually know about him, was ‘Lappidoth’ and means: ‘a man of many lanterns’. I was inspired to use his name for this poem, because beyond a reference to Lappidoth’s line of work, his name may also reflect or foreshadow the name of Jesus – the Light of the World. Divine romance is a central theme of the Bible, and includes the beautiful allegorical poetry of Song of Songs or Shir ha-Sharim (Hebrew). Donald E. Curtis also provides an excellent study on Song of Songs at bible.org.
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