With inspiration from Pilgrims’ Hymn by Stephen Paulus
Yes, even before we call on your name
Lord, you meet us. Before we humbly ask,
In a single branch of Jesse you came,
Offering life which darkness cannot mask.
Unceasing love, O your unceasing love
Falls freshly from your blessed throne of grace.
Calling a servant spirit from a dove
To enter all who doth enter this place.
Reign in your holy Word beyond us Lord,
Bringing all Easter’s fresh faced color forth,
Alight on hearts of women, children, men toward
One transcendent life of thanks and worth.
Both now and ever and unto ages
Your holy Resurrection light suspends.

Margaret Philbrick
Margaret Philbrick is an author, gardener and teacher who desires to plant seeds in hearts. Margaret has a B.A. in English Literature from Trinity University in San Antonio Tx.and a Masters in Teaching from National Louis University. She teaches writing and literature to children and teens at The Greenhouse School and H.S.U., both of which provide supplemental classical education to the home-school community. She is actively involved in the fulfillment of God’s vision at Church of the Resurrection and the Redbud Writers Guild where she serves on the board of both organizations. Her first book, Back to the Manger, is a holiday gift book she created with her mother, an oil painter. Her debut novel, A Minor, released to critical acclaim in 2014. You can find Margaret in her garden digging in the dirt or writing poetry and you can connect with her on-line via her website at: www.margaretphilbrick.com.
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