A Slender Cord







The builder who first bridged Niagara’s gorge,
Before he swung his cable, shore to shore,   
Sent out across the gulf his venturing kite   
Bearing a slender cord for unseen hands   
To grasp upon the further cliff and draw
A greater cord, and then a greater yet;   
Till at the last across the chasm swung   
The cable then the mighty bridge in air!
So we may send our little timid thought   
Across the void, out to God’s reaching hands—
Send out our love and faith to thread the deep—
Thought after thought until the little cord
Has greatened to a chain no chance can break,
And we are anchored to the Infinite!
We dangle from a slender thread,
twisting and turning, swinging to and fro
with the breezes.
This silken line connects us in ways we barely see
to hold on to us when buffeted
by storms and rain and drought.

We are anchored fast to eternity, and never let go.

From here to infinity.


6 thoughts on “A Slender Cord

  1. ‘We are anchored fast…’ What comforting assurance that gives one who, by faith in His loving care for us, experiences trials and perils and fears falling from or somehow losing that Eternal Source of His promised Strength and Presence.
    I have used the imagery of a ‘gossamer thread’ many times to describe what you and Markham have described so beautifully here. It is a powerful image that speaks for itself — much like the images and metaphors that Jesus used in His teaching and probably the reason that we can recall and find such comfort and direction in His teachings first uttered over 2000 years ago.

    Thank you, Emily, for the reminder and for the perfectly-chosen appropriate photos.

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  2. So beautiful, Emily! Thank you.
    I think you would also enjoy Walt Whitman’s “A Noiseless Patient Spider” flinging his gossamer thread for the soul to catch somewhere.
    Your appreciative reader, Joan Howard

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  3. I was introduced to E.B.White’s Charlotte’s Web in children’s lit at college.
    I read Charlotte’s Web to my second grade students for many years. It was a treasure. It was no longer the same after the movie came out. I loved when the children had to visualize as I read, before the movie made its impression on their young minds.

    In recent years, I have enjoyed the beauty of spider webs highlighted by the dewdrops in the early morning sun. So much beauty to be enjoyed in the early morning hours.

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  4. Dear Emily,

    I’m so grateful you pay attention, are astonished and tell about it. The web photos are among your most breathtaking. thanks and thanks, Sally


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