A Mystery 1999

When I was young
I thought God would be like teachers
Full of censure,
Angry, disapproving preachers;
When I grew up
I thought God was a mystery,
Transcendent God,
Revealed in the world’s history;
As time went by,
I thought human fellow-feeling
More than most things
Tended to be God-revealing,
That compassion,
Sorrow, pleasure, even humour
Must be God-like,
But this could be just a rumour;
When two people
Converse with benign intention,
Some say that this
Signals divine intervention,
That the presence
Of God is like people talking,
Their deeds of love like God walking
About the world,
And Ethics of the Fathers tells
With one alone,
Even there the Almighty dwells.

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