Category Archives: Poetry

African Names of Jesus

He is the one who cooks his food in huge palm-oil pots. Thousands of people have eaten, yet the remnants fill twelve baskets. If we leave all this, and go wandering off— if we leave his great gift, where else … Continue reading

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“O Christ, What Burdens Bowed Thy Head”

I love discovering old hymns of the faith and incorporating them into my private worship. I’ve realized only in the last few years how vast the trove is, and I’m grateful for contemporary musical artists who sift through it, dusting … Continue reading

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“Blessing of the Stew Pot” by Alla Renée Bozarth

Blessed be the Creator and all creative hands which plant and harvest, pack and haul and hand over sustenance — Blessed be carrot and cow, potato and mushroom, tomato and bean, parsley and peas, onion and thyme, garlic and bay … Continue reading

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“Jesus of the Scars” by Edward Shillito

I was unable to confirm whether Edward Shillito (1872-1948) was actually a soldier during World War I or only writing from the perspective of one. In any case, he lived during the horrors of the Great War and published this … Continue reading

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A few lines on faith

“Nothing before, nothing behind; The steps of Faith Fall on the seeming void, and find The rock beneath.” —excerpt from “My Soul and I” by John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-92)

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God Is

“He is a path, if any be misled; He is a robe, if any naked be; If any chance to hunger, He is bread; If any be a bondman, He is free; If any be but weak, how strong is … Continue reading

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“Fierce was the wild billow”: An Eastern Orthodox hymn

This hymn, originally written in Greek, is ascribed to Anatolius of the seventh century. The following is an English translation by John Mason Neale from 1862. Fierce was the wild billow, Dark was the night; Oars labored heavily, Foam glimmered … Continue reading

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