Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Through poets eyes

I have always look at the Gospel through the eyes of a poet. Meaning that the gospel of Jesus comes to me in the beauty of truth and not simply propositional truth to agree with. I remember a friend, Dr. John Goldingay, and Old Testament scholar, ribbing for being a poet. I reminded him that most of the Old Testament was written in Verse, ( around 70%) and the New Testament had a high degree of poetry. God must love poetry since God's word uses some much poetry. A poem:

What Keeps Me Up in Night
Being Confident of this very thing, that He who has began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.
Philippians 1.6

In thorny work of Christ’s blessing in us, we find
the pain of our cross. Forging love out our failings,
we stand naked, abused by our long story. Our ferocity
recognized makes me thirsty for a new way, yet hesitant

to broaden. We must trust your prompting Spirit
to push beyond our weakness. We need only you,
God. The Incarnate weakness becomes our risen
strength. Ahead of what we can do, you know

us as our boundaries, and you nevertheless love us.
Calling us to violence no more, knowing we must
lean on your liaison to intensify life. For we and others
have the bridge to the presence of being, and you ask us

to cross. Into love, we pick up what you given us.
Lord your quiet voice is a loud request. Waiting …

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