For the Lord is good *
“Asterisks indicate a pause;
extra space between words
indicates a ‘mental comma’ “
(Hymns & Psalms, Methodist and Ecumenical Hymn Book,
Introduction to the Canticles and Psalms)
But for the instruction to pause,
to breathe, to ponder,
we would trip from one word to the next.
But for the exercise in punctuation,
a comma separates thoughts,
our sentence would run-on in a stream of sound.
But for the unexpected asterisk,
a break in the text,
even our prayers would lack the listening spaces.
But for the guidance to linger
on God’s goodness
our vision would remain at our own level.
His mercy is forever:
His faithfulness throughout all generations
© David Markay
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