by Gideon Burton
an imitation of Helaman 5:12
And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.
My sons, a life is built upon a base,
a place upon which other things rely.
As you build onward, spanning open space,
plant deeply down, so upward you may fly
as storms arise to bend you, beat you down.
An adversary aims his crossbow's shafts,
rains thick his spiteful hail so thick around
that night and day into his pit are cast,
and he would drag you into that abyss.
But if each day you build upon that rock,
the Holy One whose meek yet mighty fists
can calm and shake, can heal or hotly shock--
Then come what may, your structure rising holds;
on certain ground you cannot fall or fold.
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