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TitleBefore Elijah (Helaman 10)
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsAnderson, Sharon Price
Book TitleThe Glory of the Son
PublisherTime Lines Etc.
CityOrem, UT
KeywordsElijah (Prophet); Poetry

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Before Elijah

And the ravens brought [Elijah] bread and flesh in the morning and flesh and bread in the evening... (1 Kgs. 17:6)
We are black,
darker than the dimmest 
corner of the ark, 
spurned by brilliant plumes,
scorned as scavengers
among iridescent wings.
But when, before the flood,
Noah called God’s creatures
by sevens and twos,
we came too.
Released as waters recede,
I bear no olive branch
but I will offspring young 
whose feathers will shine
like eyes of those about to die,
and when skies dry as dust
famine Israel,
my children, winging 
to the brook called Cherith,
will bring bread and meat
to feed the Tishbite and
preserve the word of God.


Scripture Reference

Helaman 10:1-19