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
SILENT FIRE IN NORTH KOREA
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