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Faith, research, writing -

I have a large envelope filled with old sermons that were written and delivered by my grandfather, Kalman Doka, throughout his ministry as a pastor of some 50 years.  They were given to me by my grandmother a few years ago.  I started to ask her questions about her life as a young girl, how she fell in love, what it was like to survive the Great Depression and live the War years.  And after that, she started to send me his sermons, and her letters, and then more.

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commission, Faith, writing -

Our capacity to love God and others may not be where we prefer it to be or where it should be, but we must choose to pour the measure of that love out now.  The good news for us all is that we have a perfect example in Christ of selfless love, given without reserve.  It will be by looking to him that the measure of our love will increase.

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Faith, Poetry, R.S. Thomas, writing -

I’m enamoured, right now, with  R.S. Thomas’ work.  I’m so new to it, but thankful for the discovery.

It reminds me of the writing of other men caught in the act of leading people and caring for their souls: Solomon languishing before the Lord, David madly grabbing the horn of the altar.  The narrator throughout Song at the Year’s Turning is caught up in the meaninglessness and mystery of ministry as he walks about the ecology of existence, hands and feet blistered by the rough terrain of men.

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Faith, George Herbert, Poetry, writing -

George Herbert, one of the 17th century’s fine poets, came to mind today.  I recalled his poem “The Altar”, an experimental and spiritually rich arrangement of words.  Like Donne, who was a good friend of Herbert’s mother, Herbert played with impossibilities and surprised with metaphysical conceits.  I’m pulling from my own archives some poempictures I’ve done over the years, and feel inspired and inclined to build them into my writing life again.  Herbert, no doubt, is a giant whose shoulders any poet writing in the Christian tradition, stands upon (especially if that poet is fiddling with visual poetry). “The Altar” is one...

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Faith, Poetry, R.S. Thomas, writing -

The Bread of Truth is a slim volume of poetry, Thomas’ sixth. It was first published in 1963.  I had trouble finding any of his other works, and had to harass a local librarian and ultimately take the book out on loan from a library out of town.

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