My English literature studying son is home for a couple of days, and in honor of his highbrow presence, I am sharing this poem by W.H. Auden - "He Is the Way".
I found the poem as lyrics to a Lenten hymn in the Worshipbook, the Presbyterians '80s attempt to have a cool, modern worship resource. It's such a beautiful poem, I ran to the piano to see how it sounded with the tune. Awful! Just awful!
But the words are remarkable:
He is the Way.
Follow him through the Land of Unlikeness;
You will see rare beasts, and have unique adventures.
He is the Truth.
Seek him in the Kingdom of Anxiety:
You will come to a great city that has expected your return for years.
He is the Life.
Love him in the World of the Flesh;
And at your marriage all its occasions shall dance for joy.
- W.H. Auden
I especially like the idea that at the end of the journey "you will come to a great city that has expected your return for years". I like small town living. Maybe I will have to think about why heaven is "The City of God".