Home & Here Please bring me home:
I would rather be with You
than here, Jesus.
I will not go
until You let me.
I will not let go
still while You lead me.
Hallelujah, You are good,
Immanuel, You are here. Connor Orrico is a medical student with interests in global health, mental health, and how we make meaning from the stories we share with each other, themes which were recently explored in his publications in Headline Poetry & Press and Dreich Magazine.
Water of Gladness
May the love of the Lord,
And the beauty of His creation,
Become a river and a stream,
That they may flow through your heart,
And fill it overfull
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