The first evening Ellen and I arrived in Sweden we were greeted by what appeared to be an apparition of God’s Holy Fire in the forest as we were walking. It turned out to be the sun’s last rays reflected on the trees deep in the forest.

 It reminded me that wherever we happen to be, God’s Holy Fire is there. It may be visible or at times invisible. Sometimes it is a “Silent Fire,” as it appeared to me when I wrote this poem about God’s presence in North Korea.

“’For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but My steadfast love shall not depart from you, and My covenant of peace shall not be removed,’ says the Lord, who has compassion on you.”                                                                        Isaiah 54:10



 Walk through the valleys and see

The hills barren and naked in gray.

Only the silence of God is seen,

No words are spoken here.


Pray through the valleys and hear,

The barren places, His voice resounds.

Not silent, He speaks;

His lovingkindness the hills restored.


The peace of God His wondrous peace

That shakes the destroyer from his throne,

Invades the silence with wordless praise,

The compassion of God in glory raised.


Open our eyes, Lord, to see You

Walking in blazing glory and splendor

Among the ashes of your people,

Rekindling the healing holy fire of Your power.


Let the world see Your faithfulness.

You who makes darkness your light

And barrenness Your fruit.

Your silent fire burns bright and clear.


David E. Ross

December 6, 1997

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5 Responses to

  1. Steve Han says:

    To hear the wordless praise in this noisy world…
    To see the silent fire spreading across the troubled nations…
    What a blessing it is for his beloved!

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem.

  2. Gary Parrett says:

    Beautiful words, reveling in great Truth!

  3. mwhuntley says:

    Great poem – and prayer! – David. Thanks!

    • Hi Martha

      You are being too nice. But we love you both. Bless you. Oh, do you know the dates for the missionary conf.? David

      “If Jesus Himself will be our Leader, we shall walk through the valley in peace.”

  4. Myong_Kari says:

    Very inspired prayer-poem. Very moving.

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