Come, my Way, my Truth, my Life:
Such a way as gives us breath;
Such a truth as ends all strife,
Such a life as killeth death.
Come, my Light, my Feast, my Strength:
Such a light as shows a feast,
Such a feast as mends in length,
Such a strength as makes his guest.
Come, my Joy, my Love, my Heart:
Such a joy as none can move,
Such a love as none can part,
Such a heart as joys in love.
~George Herbert (1633), “The Call”
Written by a young vicar in the 17th century,
dying of tuberculosis,
these lines of rhyme, single syllable words,
all except one.
Only one life lived truly killeth death.
That one word is meant to stand out alone.
The rest is up to us:
to find and blend together
in unexpected unity.
We are called the understanding:
all will be well
even when we ache to dying.
May we seek new light, new feast, new strength,
new life, new truth, new love.