Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Crucifix Requires No Glove


The crucifix requires no glove.
 --Emily Dickinson

(A grieving Emily Dickinson, near the end of her own life, in a five-word letter to a friend about the death of a mutual friend they had lost in his prime of life.)

Eating - Heaven and Hell


"The slogan of Hell: Eat or be eaten. The slogan of Heaven: Eat and be eaten."
-- W.H. Auden (A Certain World: A Commonplace Book)

Friday, April 08, 2011

The Windows by George Herber

SOURCE:  http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/181054
KEYWORDS: preaching, scripture, bible, discipleship, ministry

The Windows
By George Herbert (1593–1633)
Lord, how can man preach thy eternal word?
    He is a brittle crazy glass;
Yet in thy temple thou dost him afford
    This glorious and transcendent place,
    To be a window, through thy grace.

But when thou dost anneal in glass thy story,
    Making thy life to shine within
The holy preachers, then the light and glory
    More reverend grows, and more doth win;
    Which else shows waterish, bleak, and thin.

Doctrine and life, colors and light, in one
    When they combine and mingle, bring
A strong regard and awe; but speech alone
    Doth vanish like a flaring thing,
    And in the ear, not conscience, ring.