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Jan Wood

Honorable Mention 2006 Utmost Christian Poetry Contest $50

I write in response to questions that bully my Faith for answers. It is the only way I know to quiet them. This piece grew from the following: “If the avenue to Grace and Peace is forgiveness, isn’t it a wisdom-poor society that negates the need for it?"

I have chased my Faith in God, found it in pieces in my community, in the forests, along the lakes and riverbanks of Northern Saskatchewan. I have observed its validation in my mentors, in parenting and teaching. I have been blessed with family and friends and many fulfilled dreams.

Among her many other achievements, Jan Wood was Utmost's International Christian Poet Laureate for 2008 and 2009.

…and Jesus was baptized
   (Matthew 3:13–14)

did he stand
in that Jordan River
if he was fully God
didn't he stay
on the dry riverbank
present and accounted for
a dense and nuclear loneliness

instead like an ordinary person
he stepped forward
against John's counsel
in need of conviction or a sign

is there more fear than relief

when the truth

do I not want him

fully man

do I wish he stayed

clearly delineated God


letting doubts rise

in muddied waters
with the rest

do I push him ashore
not want him quite so close

Copyright ©2006 by Jan Wood