Monday, 12 March 2012

The company of the dead


There is a way, and I know it well
It is right and good to travel along
For this is what my readings tell
And what my observations inform me
Yes,I know it well

As a reader of books on mountain walks
I know the mountains well
But without ever a foot set on a hillside

Never the gale driven rain lashing down
Never the gentle breeze cooling the heat of the sun
Never the refreshing water from the clear stream

But the pictures and descriptions were superb
Quite enough to realise what its like
I know it well

AndI talk so knowlegebly about mountain craft that,
I have been asked to lead a weekend climbing party!

And then it hits home hard
I know about, but do not understand
BecauseI have never actually walked the paths of which i've read
For that would demand far too much risk
No, I have preferred to rest in the company of the dead.

Proverbs 21:16 NIV84

A man who strays from the path of understanding comes to rest in the company of the dead.