THE MAIDEN ON THE SHORE
by J. A. SEISSWe picture a maiden whose lover left her for a voyage,
promising on His return to make her His beloved bride.
Many told her that she would never see Him again. But she believed His word.
And evening by evening, she went down to the lonely shore,
to hail and welcome the returning ship which was to bring again her betrothed
And by that watchfire she took her stand each night,
praying that the winds would hasten on the sluggish sails......
that He, who was everything to her, might come.
Even so, our Blessed Lord, Who has loved us unto death
has gone away to the Holy Land of Heaven,
promising on His return to make us His happy and eternal Bride.
Some say that He is gone forever, and that here we shall see Him no more.
But His last word was, "Yea, I come quickly".
And on the dark and misty beach sloping out into the eternal sea,
each true believer stands by the love-lit fire, looking, and waiting,
and praying and hoping for the fulfillment of His word;
and calling ever from the soul of sacred love,
"Even so, come Lord Jesus."
And one of these nights-- while the world is busy with its gay frivolities
And laughing at the maiden on the shore--
a Form shall rise over the surging waves, as once on Galilee,
to vindicate forever all this watching and devotion,
and bring to the faithful and constant heart a Joy, and Glory,
and Love unsurpassed. "
-- J.A. Seiss from the book "The Apocalypse"