Art and Faith: Why They Go Together

Art and Faith: Why They Go Together

It’s a bright spring day in Colorado, with a snowstorm on its way tomorrow, and I am thinking of poetry, new growth, budding resurrected life, fresh beginnings birthed from stormy and frigidly dark days. Isn’t it the way of the earth? And also the way of the Creator in birthing us again. It was the way that poet Christian Wiman experienced the wakening of a faith gone dormant. After struggling more than three years with despair and an utter writing drought, he learned of his incurable cancer. Wiman and his wife wandered into a church, and soon after he began writing again. “I was just finally able to assent to the faith that had long been latent within me.” Now, after treatment and healing, Wiman speaks and writes about his continuing...

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Our Lives, God’s Poiema

Our Lives, God’s Poiema

An  enchanted April is upon us! Here in Colorado, every sun-bright April day where birds are busy and happy and buds are promising to burst, these days are enchanting indeed. And all the more so as we welcome National Poetry Month. What better pairing than springtime and poetry, all in the glow of Resurrection. Today I smile as I scan an email from the American Academy of Poets. This month they’re celebrating the role of correspondence–letters written and received– in poets’ lives. Their word comes on the heels of a snowy spring weekend last month when, in cleaning closets, I came upon a shoebox filled with letters from a dear friend of the past. She wasn’t a poet, per se, but her correspondence was poetry to me, her life a poem rich...

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Were Every Stalk on Earth a Quill…

Were Every Stalk on Earth a Quill…

On this last day of April and of National Poetry Month, and after a stretch of work toward deadlines and a web site that disappeared (yes, my site just vanished!), let’s look at another poem that couldn’t be more fitting for this occasion. Writing to God may feel intimidating or too big to know where to start. We’re not alone. Where to start, and where to stop! The apostle John at the end of his gospel says this about all the things Jesus did while on earth: “If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” Or the poetry! Someone else felt this way about describing the God’s love. Read the lines he wrote: Could we with ink the ocean fill, And...

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Who’s Got Mail?

Who’s Got Mail?

A blessed and happy Easter week to all. In keeping with National Poetry Month and also with our celebration of a living Redeemer, I’d like tothink today about a group of people removed from interaction with most of us and also often outside of our remembrance. A group for whom salvation and new life means as much or more than it could mean for anyone alive. I’m thinking of those in prison. I woke early one morning a few weeks ago to a news story about the growth of prisons and the prison population nationwide. There has also been a large growth in the use of solitary confinement, this reporter said. Prisons and politicians want to stress to the public their commitment to being tough on crime, and putting prisoners alone seems a good way to do that. In...

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Living in the Word–Through April Poetry!

Living in the Word–Through April Poetry!

A blessed and joyful Palm Sunday to all! As we enter Holy Week and dwell on God’s indescribable gift to us of Jesus and the cross, we enter this week on April 1st, the beginning of National Poetry Month. What better way to celebrate Jesus than to reflect on him through poetry. This month I would like to feature all kinds of poetry focused on Jesus and what his life means to us. Today, let’s enjoy a poem by one of my favorite poets, Emily Dickinson. He gave away his Life – To Us – Gigantic Sum- A trifle – in his own esteem- But magnified – by Fame –   Until it burst the Hearts That fancied they could hold- When swift it slipped its limit- And on the Heavens – unrolled-   ‘Tis Ours – to wince...

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YouHaiku: Emmanuel

YouHaiku: Emmanuel

Time for some weekend poetry, and what better poetry could we write this weekend than some Haiku. Yes, I said “we”! It’s your turn to contribute some of your own fun with words. Spend just a few minutes and write something as you reflect on Emmanuel, God with us (Jesus!). You don’t have to be a poet, just play with your words and ideas. Professional quality writing not necessary or expected! Here is a little incentive: I will take each person who contributes a haiku poem and put your name in a random drawing for a book that  you will receive before Christmas. It’s a great book to use as we begin the new year.  I’ll announce the book when I announce the winner. Submit your poem by commenting here before midnight...

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