The Secret Fire

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There is a fire which burns in all men, oft banked by worldly care

 

It needs but one breath to waken its heat, a wind of holy air

 

On pagan altar once it burned, its all-consuming heat

 

Forging gods and heroes fell, and clothed them in gold sheet

 

Names like Mithras, Thor, and Mars did glow

 

 From out that grandest forge

 

Giving Hermes his bird-swift speed, and Frey his golden barge.

 

Its origin was holy, its burning heat divine

 

It was kindled when the light went forth

 

The stars and planets to shine

 

Aye, God Himself did light that spark which soon began to flame

 

That fire was Art, the heat was Joy, and Wisdom was its name

 

It burned and burned, till out of heat it nearly was destroyed

 

Till God himself rekindled it with the birth of one little boy.

 

He the Creator, who sparked the flame, now walked within his creation

 

Rekindling souls by living water, building a spiritual nation.

 

The flame was in men now, and could not leave, nor e’er be truly quenched

 

Whether he sat in darkest hovel, palace throne, or simple workman’s bench.

 

It’s Wisdom then that burns in men and warms the coldest heart

 

It melts the frost of daily care, and guides to that Art

 

Which teaches him Reason, Truth, and Joy, and is of Knowledge a part.

 

Then on that road now pushed upon, men’s feet begin to race,

 

As in that fire they see a glimpse of one true holy face

 

The face will stare at you and you will see, awakening desire

 

To see and serve and stand by Him, that lit that glorious fire!

 

“I’m coming HOME!” the man will shout, as within him burns the flame

 

Called Sophia, by the Greek, Paraclete, and Holy Spirit by name   

 

The flame burns bright! its heat burns away all the foul mire of sin

 

That plagues his mind and breaks his heart and darkens the man within.

 

So take the flame, friend, and serve the Lord, who sparked and saved that flame

 

Let it redeem you refine you and cleanse you, and all will know that Name.

 

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