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In the shadow of Zion

Editor's note: As many prepare to spend Independence Day relaxing with family and friends, this week’s reflection is a poem about summertime from Curt Tilleraas, pastor of North Immanuel Lutheran Church, Pelican Rapids, Minn. Tilleraas says North Immanuel is “surrounded by cornfields and headstones, as it should be.” His poetry has been published in the LakeStreet Review, Milkweed Chronicle, Poetry Motel, Pemmican and other literary magazines.

In the shadow of Zion

Last night my yard was filled
with the flickering lights of fireflies
and the song of a thousand crickets.
Nearly every time I come home now,
there is a rabbit in the yard as well,
looking out from the sides of her head,
as if all that she is watching & hearing
is larger & hungrier than herself.

Here and there, along the way,
a couple of deer, or even a family
of these four-legged beauties,
have leaped across a quiet road,
where so many of their kind have died,
in search of a meal & a place to sleep – one more time.

And it would seem to the man who is sitting
on the nighttime steps, in the shadow of Zion*,
that all of these creatures, through all of their movements,
through all of their songs, languages & habits,
are bearing witness to the presence of the Holy One –
the One who lived, and died, and lived again,
so that all the world, including them,
might live with Him in Paradise – now and forever, Amen.

* Zion Lutheran Church, rural Pelican Rapids

This week's front page features:

Taking the weekend 'off': Camp offers military families a free July 4th break. (Photo at right.)

The way we were: 1910. Seminarians enjoy a summer treat.

Life-changing laughter: Church club gets national exposure.

Bring on the fun: Illinois congregation hosts carnival with a cause.

Also: Weighing in on Atlanta decision.

Also: Looking for a few good chaplains.

Also: Do not blink.

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Amber Leberman blogs about resources for young adults.

Kathleen Kastilahn (right) blogs about a pastor who gets good mileage.

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Posted at 10:35 am (U.S. Eastern) 7/4/2007

I really like the poem In the Shadow of Zion by Pastor Curt Tilleraas I think it gives to the notion that Christ lived and died and lived again for the salvation of all creation. I have always believed this although I have heard some who say that only man has a imortal soul I think animals do as well if you can give me some feedback on this odservation thanks


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