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Ascent<blockquote><p><em>Last Valentines, I wrote this poem about marriage as a seemingly fragile filament that binds us together, but, in fact, is made of something supernatural and has its ends in heaven where God is ineluctably drawing us safe to himself as one. I hope it helps married couples believe they can make it to the end.</em></p></blockquote> <hr /> <p><strong>Ascent</strong><br/> <em>For Noël on Valentines Day</em></p> <p>An invisible filament, <br> felt across our face <br> in a place that we had been <br> a hundred times before.<br> <br> This time, like a cobweb <br> in the dark, <br> we pinch<br> between our fingers,<br> tingling, almost shocked,<br> and gently pull<br> and follow where it leads<br> up through everything,<br> thickening to a cable <br> of malleable gold,<br> hung from somewhere out of sight <br> beyond the broad black sky.</p> <p>And following, <br> we feel the living filament, <br> humming like a hovering bee,<br> a surging, living cable, <br> hung above the hayfield<br> buzzing <br> as a warning to the birds.</p> <p>Yet holding fast <br> (with every hair on end)<br> lest we should lose our grip,<br> we grasp now<br> not with fingers,<br> no longer pinching, <br> no longer barely feeling<br> unseen filament,<br> but all the muscles of our hands<br> tight,<br> swinging by a golden vine,<br> no longer following a thread,<br> no longer climbing,<br> but being drawn, lifted.</p> <p>More.<br> Encircled, banded<br> round and round, <br> as with translucent gold,<br> bright python,<br> holding, lifting,<br> weaving us all ’round<br> like a cocoon<br> hanging, rising,<br> safe<br> through the darkness.</p> <p>Still holding fast, and being held,<br> the rising ceases.<br> The golden cord uncoils.<br> and in the Presence<br> shining like the sun<br> as one,<br> we hear a voice<br> like thunder:<br> “I joined! I joined!<br> and none could put asunder.”</p> <hr /> <p>More for Valentines Day from Desiring God:</p> <ul> <li><p><a href="">Valentines Day Is for Getting Drunk</a></p></li> <li><p><a href="">The Unquantifiable Love of God</a></p></li> <li><p><a href="">Nine Lies in the Not-Yet-Married Life</a></p></li> </ul> ...Read More.