Manna

Matthew 4:4  But Jesus answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Manna

Just as with food, I thank you for this book

That nourishes my soul. Your voice alive,

Inside its words first spoken when you shook

Mount Horeb by your presence. I survive

The screen-lit wastes of endless talking points

By list’ning for your truth upon each page.

You breathe fresh intimation that anoints

My artless tongue to sing upon the stage

Of new creation. How will others hear?

An antiphon ascends and spreads above

The arid wastes; the song that casts out fear

By dropping manna of perfected love

On rescued slaves. I gather what I need

And listen for your footfalls as you lead.

–Michael Adams

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