Come home

Daily Reading for October 25

May the Lord be my friend,

Who once on earth endured on the gallows-tree

Suffered here for the sins of men.

He has redeemed us, he has given us life

And a home in Heaven. Hope was renewed

With bliss and blessing for those who had been through burning.

The Son was successful in that expedition,

Mighty in victory, when with a mass,

A great crowd of souls came to God’s kingdom.

The Almighty Ruler, to joy among the angels

And all the saints, who in heaven already

Lived in glory. Then the Lord,

Almighty God, came home to his own land.

From “The Dream of the Rood” (c. 780), attributed to Cynewulf, a poet in Northumbria. Quoted in 2000 Years of Prayer, compiled by Michael Counsell. Copyright © 1999. Used by permission of Morehouse Publishing, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

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