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by Robert Barra 
10/08/12
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I've known You now these many years;
   I've seen You're always there.
You've been with all my lonely tears,
   hearing every prayer.
If I could fly to space I would
   to see what I already know.
You'd be there as You should;
   Your presence no less to show.

Take me to Wolf 359
   to see what I know is true.
As I know that You are mine
   I know I'll be with You.
Take me to Wolf 359
   almost 8 light-years away.
I will see my Abiding Vine
   is near as when I pray.

Another time I'd be afraid
   just to walk out the door.
But now I know my hope won't fade;
   You'll be with me, my Lord.
To go and sin is to go too far,
   a prodigal son to roam.
And I could go to that red star
   and still not reach Your home.

So here I am, bathed in red light;
   I've reached my destination.
It's color reminds me of Your pouring might
   that bought me my Salvation.
In my suit I'm on one knee
   thanking You for Your promise.
I sense Your Spirit deep in me;
   the Power that comes upon us.

I am at Wolf 359
   seeing what I know is true.
You remind me, “You are Mine,
   and I'm still here with you.”
Here I am at 359
   only 8 light-years away.
I have the Lord, my Abiding Vine
   closer than when I pray.

I'm here because I'm blood-bathed
   from my one true Lord Salvation.
You color me thus and I am saved
   to reach You, my Destination.
In heaven's suit upon my knees
   to live out Your promise.
I see before me Who's also in me,
   that Power that came upon us.

© Bob Barra, 10-8-2012


I was watching the pilot episode for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, when I got the idea for this write. I intend this as a kind of space-age version of Psalm 139, part of which goes:

“Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.” (vss. 7-8)

Located just below the constellation Leo, the red dwarf star Wolf 359 is the second closest star to Earth, after Alpha Centauri. It is about 7.8 light-years away. One light-year is almost 6 trillion miles.

Star Trek fans are familiar with Wolf 359 as the scene of a major tragedy where almost the entire Starfleet was wiped out by the Borg in the Star Trek universe.

The point is one can never escape God's knowledge of himself, let alone escape God's presence. For those who are right with Him this is a comforting thought. He is truly everywhere, even far beyond Wolf 359.

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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