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J.D. Deutschendorf
717 Cedar Springs Dr
Tuttle, Oklahoma

  what really matters

what lives inside:
the soul,
through joy and sorrow,
triumph and loss;
in the end this much

the love we share,
the faith we follow,
the hope we hold tightly to
as all else about us
passes sadly away.

yet between this world
and the world beyond,
a bridge exists;
suspended by
three-stranded cords
which cannot quickly be broken
no matter the burden or weight.

risk everything
you have here,
every day of your life,
so that one day,
having come to the dreadful crossing,
you also might safely span
that terrible abyss

and enter
with God's own blessing
the everlasting kingdom of heaven.

from: At the Water’s Edge
Copyright © 1997, 1998
by J.D. Deutschendorf