A Poem: The Space Between

God has a distance ripe for growth
not too far, nor too close.

Just as the earth hangs in space
at a circling orbit to sustain life,

so God keeps us sometimes at arm’s length
as he teaches us to walk on our own.

Not devoid of His support,

but as a parent who beckons
from the far side of a room,

so God grows us
by the space between.

Not too close to stifle,
nor too far that we’re alone.

But at a measure of separation
that we are both empowered and protected.

As a planet might spin in perfect balance,
or a child span the width of a room.

Ana Lisa de Jong
Living Tree Poetry
November 2018

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