The first six months

a poem for Advent   The first six months were dark and still. He moved, of course, as babies will, but to his mother gave no sign of insight into things divine. So tightly coiled the prophet lay awaiting the appointed day.   No star shone in that darkened room, no angel glory pierced the … Continue reading The first six months

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How Do You Plead?

One of the challenges of old hymns is understanding what the words mean. I don't mean the old-fashioned words that we just don't use anymore, like "thou" or "surety" or "foe." Those we can recognize as not part of our regular vocabulary. So we take a moment to figure out or look up or learn … Continue reading How Do You Plead?

Christ is Born: A New Christmas Carol

I love Christmas carols. From standards like "Joy to the World" and "What Child Is This" to lesser-known carols such as "The Wexford Carol" or "The Holly and the Ivy," I love singing and listening to the traditional songs that celebrate the birth of Jesus. This is a carol that I wrote a couple of … Continue reading Christ is Born: A New Christmas Carol

Holy Spirit, Wind of Heaven

A poem for Pentecost 2015   Holy Spirit, Wind of heaven, breathe fresh life into my soul Come again, Thou Gift once given, raise these bones and make me whole   As at creation, Lord Life-Giver, stir the depths within my heart Spring in me, Thou living River; fill and flow through every part   … Continue reading Holy Spirit, Wind of Heaven

The Sight is Glorious

Today is one of my favorite days of the year. No, I don't mean Cinco de Mayo, important as the Battle of Puebla was in North American history. Today, with people around the world, I am celebrating a far greater triumph. Today - forty days after Easter Sunday - is the Feast of the Ascension … Continue reading The Sight is Glorious