Water Canticle
Joanna Estelle

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If ever I’m troubled I’ll go to a river;

the sound of the water is music to me

Flowing, majestic, the waves gently lapping,

a river invites you to sail and be free.


“Come to the river, for I am a giver

of life to all sailors and seekers of peace.

Come to my waters, my sons and my daughters

I’ll heal you, I’ll soothe you, I’ll give you sweet re-lease.”


Lightly I’ll set sail in my boat on the river

the waves in the chorus sing full harmony

Clouds high above swirl and dance in the skylight

The sun plays my heart strings - its warm melody.


Wind on my shoulders, my face to the future

my soul is unfettered to greet a new day

Dreams pass before me without ends or beginnings

the diamond horizon before me lights my way.


Sometimes the sky opens, dark storm clouds enfold me

Great torrents besiege me and fear chills my bones.

My boat may be shaken but I’ll trust the Pilot

the Source of all water, for I’m never alone


“I am the river, the gift and the giver

of life always changing yet always the same.

I am the waters, my sons and my daughters

I heal you, I soothe you, I guide you with my hand.”


Oh, we are but sailors on Life’s timeless river

One day shining waters will carol us home

When storm clouds enfold you have faith in the Pilot

and keep right on sailing til’ sailing is done.



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