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The Journey

By Heather Bergevin

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  • Heather Bergevin, "The Journey," Ensign, Jul 2010, 9

    (Ether 3:23-25)

    I would not think alone to leave
    this fertile valley. I know the harvest
    here, know the seasons. I love
    the springing blossoms and my goats and chicks.
    But I place my hand, with my husband's
    in Thine, and together we board.
    By the light of Thy finger's touch I serve
    from food prepared before this journey
    as we toss below, above the waves.
    At night I hear Thy beasts
    singing against the bow,
    yet I am unsoothed by their hymns.
    In stone's light I kneel with my loves,
    these few treasures come with me
    toward the land my countrymen declare
    does not, cannot exist. And yet,
    we are driven,
    wind tossed, over the horizon, beyond,
    and there, pushed by furious storm-
    There is our promise! There, our spring!
    From my earthen jar I take
    next year's harvest, confident
    I too will blossom
    where planted by God's hand.

    Detail from Certain Women by Walter Rane, courtesy Museum of Church History and Art

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