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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

of wicket gates and wider ways

'...thou hast forsaken the way that is good, to tread in forbidden paths; yet will the man at the (wicket) gate receive thee, for he has goodwill for men.' - John Bunyan, The Pilgrim's Progress

Hate not the narrow road
Its path is strong and sure
And safety for the soul
Of him who would endure

Despise thee not the gate
Though entry may cost all
For mercy doth await
Once through that portal small

Though other roads run broad
And other gates stand wide
Esteem the narrow way
That spans a vast divide

Pass not the narrow gate
But seek to enter through
It bars the way to none
But shows itself to few

And hast thou seen this gate?
Pray, run to it this day
For Christ doth beckon thee –
He is both Gate and Way

j. wilkin 11.9.08

Matthew 7:13-14, John 10:7-9, John 14:5-6

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