Missionary Work

by Linda Campbell Staheli

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    Yesterday I was cold,

    not tall enough to reach

    the sun.

    Taller ones than I

    wrapped blankets around me,

    Showed me how to plug

    in the electric heater,

    Gave me a candle

    with a glowing flame,

    And sold me solar heat

    door to door.

    Today I am surrounded,

    warm enough to be content.

    Tomorrow doors

    will open,

    Allowing warmth to scatter

    to colder ones than I.