Morning Manna (Mosiah 7:19)

    “Morning Manna (Mosiah 7:19)” Ensign, Sept. 2001, 29

    Morning Manna
    (Mosiah 7:19)

    Early I arise to seek my morning manna

    Before the sun outlines the day’s temporal claims and

    Melts my intent.

    Precious sustenance has rained before my day from

    Heaven and lies generously scattered in tissue wafers

    Free for the gathering.

    Laying open the sacred books, I sift the living words.

    Silently I grind and beat and bake them into

    Fragrant, warm cakes—

    Color of bdellium, tasting of honey and fresh oil.

    Gratefully I consume the day’s sweet ration

    Offered to preserve

    Me in my wilderness wanderings. Why should I weep

    For the feasts of Egypt or mourn for the rich meats

    Of Babylon?

    I desire only this simple morning miracle

    Of living bread. It will satisfy until I sit

    And sup in Canaan.

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