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Reflection (Poem)

Behold the Kingdom of God is within you.
(Luke 17:21)

To seek the kingdom of the mighty God,
Must we explore immeasurable space?
Or, on the earth where mortal man ne'er trod,
Shall we discover that most holy place?

Ah, no! we need not travel far to find
Where God is King. The universe displays
The wonders of His power, that all mankind
Might learn to know Him, and then give Him praise.

Yet still to each who doth His image bear
There is a closer kinship;—'neath the breast
The spirit, in the conscience, hideth there,
And loves with purity of heart to rest.
The earnest seeker must have its control,
For God's true kingdom is within the soul.

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