Poem: Uncompleted Journey
By Ruth F. Brin
Jacob had gone to Egypt in time of famine
and found there food to sustain life.
Unthinking, he had accepted the power of Egypt,
like an unhappy child, had given obedience for food,
Unknowing as a child, he had grown and learned,
heard tales of strange gods, suffered and wondered.
Then, like a youth seeking independence from parents,
he struggled and fought for freedom.
Like an infant who must be born or strangle
Israel burst forth from the womb of Egypt.
With fear we fled through the walls of water
leaving forever the fertile valley of the Nile.
Self-orphaned, alone and hungry, we fled
into the empty desert of freedom,
the rocky valleys of decision.
For many years we sought the God
Of freedom and righteousness,
Sought the way to the promised land
Where we would build our new home.
This is the journey of the soul:
To forsake the mother’s womb, the father’s house,
to search in the wilderness for God,
to build a life of love and independence.
This is the uncompleted journey of our people:
To forsake slavery, to fight tyranny,
to seek the difficult ways of God, which alone teach us
to build a world of freedom and peace.
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