She Waited for the Call That Never Came

She Waited for the Call That Never Came

She waited for the call
that never came;
searched every mail
for a letter,
or a note,
or card,
that bore his name;
and on her knees at night,
and on her feet
all day, she stormed Heaven’s gate
in his behalf;
she pled for him
in Heaven’s high court.
“Be still and wait; and see”–
the word God gave;
then she
knew that He would
do in and for and with him,
that which she never could.
So doubts ignored
she went about her chores
with joy–
knowing, though spurned,
His word was true.
The prodigal had not returned,
but God was God,
and there was work to do.

(from Prodigals and Those Who Love Them)

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