O Christ, Be Closer – Responsive Reading

Originally posted on Poems From Psalms And Nature:

I wrote this responsive reading a long time ago, when I was recovering from major surgery and a chronic illness.

“O Christ, Be Closer” received the Nellie Flory Memorial Award from Explorer Magazine in 1998.

O CHRIST, BE CLOSER

O Christ, be closer
Closer than my afflictions, and
closer than my health
O Christ, be closer
Closer than my fears, and
closer than my hopes
O Christ, be closer
Closer than my solitude, and
closer than the crowd
O Christ, be closer
Closer than my failures, and
closer than my successes
O Christ, be closer
Closer than my nightmares, and
closer than my dreams
O  Christ, be closer
Closer than my memories, and
closer than my visions
O Christ, be closer
Closer than my life, and
closer than my death
O Christ, be closer

by Ellen Grace Olinger

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