A Poem from this new collection
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Paperback: Paraclete Press, 2019
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Blessed as well are the wounded but nonetheless kind,
for they shall observe their own mending.
Blessed are those who shed their every anxious defense,
for they shall obtain consolation.
Blessed are those whose sympathy throbs as an ache,
for they shall see the end of suffering.
Blessed are those who do not presume,
for they shall be surprised at every turn.
Blessed are those who seek the God in secret,
for they shall know His very breath rising as a pulse.
Blessed moreover are those who refuse to judge,
for they shall forget their own most grave transgressions.
Blessed are those who watch and pray, who seek and plead,
for they shall see, and shall be heard.
From Anaphora by Scott Cairns
Copyright © 2019 by Scott Cairns
Used by permission of Paraclete Press
C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com