The Map: Imagine If

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by Ray DeGraw

My second daughter is a senior in high school.  She wrote the following poem last year, as a junior.  I want to post it here for two reasons:

1) I am extremely proud of her and what this poem says about her;

2) I believe there is a direct and powerful application of the core message of this poem to the atonement of Jesus Christ, eternal progression, and the faith that fuels our search to understand its meaning in our own lives.

Please share whatever hits your heart and mind concerning the atonement (or anything else, for that matter) as you read it. 

The Map

by Jessica DeGraw

Imagine if
You are a child.
You find a map;
A pirate’s treasure map.
You search.

Everyone searches.
For their keys,
For their shoes,
For their dreams.
They search.

When you are searching,
What are you searching for?
Something nonessential?
Something worthwhile?
Searching for change?

And how do you search?
Do you agonize over it?
Are you annoyed by it?
Do you feel anxious about it?
Are you diligent?

When do you find it?
After an hour?
After twenty-four?
After one-hundred and sixty-eight?
After you’ve given up?

What if you never find it?
What if you never stop searching?
What if the map is infinite?
What if that’s the point?
Imagine if.

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About Ray DeGraw

I am the husband of my high school sweetheart and father of six children. I basically have no life outside of family, work and church - except blogging, which I have been doing actively, to put it mildly, for the past 5 years. I have lived in almost every section of the United States and currently reside in Carson City, NV. I have written at Things of My Soul, Mormon Matters, Times & Seasons and - and commented more than occasionally at various sites in the Bloggernacle.

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