Ruth Bell Graham: Relentless yearning

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If I lived within the sound

Of the sea’s relentless yearning,

My soul would rise and fly to seek

What the soul longs for—unable to speak;

Aware, as I go, of Him everywhere: 

In my heart, in the clouds … In the cold wet air …

And my soul would worship in joyful prayer,

Receding as the waves recede,

Returning with the waves’ returning,

Reaching up, as for Him, feeling

Then with the waves kneeling …

kneeling …

kneeling …

©1977 The Ruth Graham Literary Trust


Taken by permission from “Ruth Bell Graham’s Collected Poems” by Ruth Bell Graham, ©1977, 1992, 1997 The Ruth Graham Literary Trust.