Poetry

Poetry enriches our lives, whether we know it or not! In recent years, I have discovered the world of poetry, especially devotional poetry, in a much more intentional way. The Apostle Paul in his letter to the Christian community in Ephesus   actually uses poem as a way of describing how we are made to participate … Continue reading Poetry

Annunciation, some further thoughts in art and poetry

The arts help us slow down, and like Mary, “ponder these things” in our hearts. Above is a famous Western painting, along with an Eastern icon. Below are two poems from two of my favorite poets, Denise Levertov and Scott Cairns.   Annunciation, by Denise Levertov ‘Hail, space for the uncontained God’ (From the Agathistos Hymn, Greece, … Continue reading Annunciation, some further thoughts in art and poetry

Poetry Monday – Humility and hope in a broken world

I try to always read some poetry on my day off – my Sabbath Monday. This poem by Anne Porter struck me in a unique way. It reminds me of my part in the brokenness inflicted by sin. My “blind complicity” as she says in the third stanza. How I dismiss people in their wounded … Continue reading Poetry Monday – Humility and hope in a broken world

Poetry Monday – Preserving our experience

Poetry is the intensity of our experience; a way of recognizing and preserving our experience. Christian Wyman I agree intently! I thought I would share one of the first poems I wrote that “intensified my experience”- in this case, a Mission Trip. I was in Czechoslovakia with an international assembly of Navigator teams helping to … Continue reading Poetry Monday – Preserving our experience

Poetry Monday – “Life”

On this New Year’s Eve, I’m doing some life review and some humble planning ahead. Pastor, poet George Herbert (1593-1633) wrote a short poem called Life, reminding himself of its unpredictable span and of its hopefully lasting significance. Life I made a posy, while the day ran by: “Here will I smell my remnant out, and tie … Continue reading Poetry Monday – “Life”

Poetry Monday – Ephrem the Syrian on Christ’s Nativity

Ephrem the Syrian, known as the ‘Harp of the Holy Spirit’ is described as ‘the greatest poet of the patristic age and perhaps the only theologian-poet to rank beside Dante.’ Ephrem was not only a well-known figure in the Syriac-speaking world but also was well known in the Greek East and the Latin West. I … Continue reading Poetry Monday – Ephrem the Syrian on Christ’s Nativity