...all things work 
                                                       together for good...
                                                             -- Romans 8:28

All things tend to peace
for those who are peace makers.
Even this moment's strife---
its pain, its terror---
are only prayers, penetrating
the spaces between strangers
to bind them in a greater union.
But then, it's not for me
to make peace for the world.
It is enough for me
to incarnate that peace
which the world cannot give.

                                                              -- Mahlon H Smith 

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* Note: This reflection on Romans 8 is based on an entry
in the author's journal
dated 7 March 1970
and published here for the first time.

Collected Poems
Mahlon H Smith

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