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CLXXVII

Wordsworth wrote an endless poem in blank verse on” the growth of a poet’s mind.”  I shall attempt a more modest feat for a more distracted age: a blog, “Things which a Lifetime of Trying to Be a Poet has Taught Me.”

There are no true paradoxes in Christianity because the God of the Bible is a God who cannot lie.  Therefore, no real contradiction can be so about Him (or anything He made).  But the richness and the depths of Christian truth are shown by the number of seemingly incompatible realities it manages to pull together into a harmony greater than the sum of its parts.

 

CONJUNCTION

At the fulcrum of the Cross

A host of concepts meet:

The Profit hidden in the Loss,

The Victory in Defeat.

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The Acceptance, the Rejection;

The Worship and the Jeers;

The Freedom in Election,

The Ecstasy in Tears.

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The Mercy and the Justice;

The Human, the Divine;

Pilate;  Judas;  Jesus–

The broken Bread, the Wine.

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The Maker of Orion,

The Victim of the Scam;

The Meekness of the Lion,

The glory of the Lamb.

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Donald T. Williams, PhD

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CLXXIV

 Wordsworth wrote an endless poem in blank verse on” the growth of a poet’s mind.”  I shall attempt a more modest feat for a more distracted age: a blog, “Things which a Lifetime of Trying to Be a Poet has Taught Me.”

If you have never been betrayed—stabbed in the back, coldly and deliberately, by someone you thought was a friend, someone you were sure you could trust—you have missed a most instructive experience.  But don’t worry.  If you live long enough, it is coming.  The blessed benefit I got from this most painful of lessons was a deeper identification with Christ in His sufferings.  “Oh,” I gasped.  “Now I understand.  You did that for me!”

“Judas . . . with a kiss?”

 THE TRYST

Did their eyes meet before he turned away?

Although the Lord had prophesied the gist,

He seemed affected by that final twist.

So much a simple gesture could convey:

A friendship you would think could last the day

Evaporating like the morning mist.

And he was not the first to be so kissed;

The question echoes still, “Et tu, Brute?

So much a simple gesture can convey.

 

Remember: for more poetry like this, go to https://lanternhollow.wordpress.com/store/ and order Stars Through the Clouds! Also look for Inklings of Reality and Reflections from Plato’s Cave, Williams’ newest books from Lantern Hollow Press: Evangelical essays in pursuit of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.  And look for Williams’ very latest book, Deeper Magic: The Theology behind the Writings of C. S. Lewis, from Square Halo Books!

Donald T. Williams, PhD

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CXLIX

Wordsworth wrote an endless poem in blank verse on” the growth of a poet’s mind.”  I shall attempt a more modest feat for a more distracted age: a blog, “Things which a Lifetime of Trying to Be a Poet has Taught Me.”

Once upon a time a group of fishermen left an entire boatload of fish to rot in the sun.  On another occasion a Tax Collector left his office full of government receipts unattended.  None of these people ever looked back.  What could have gotten them to act like that?

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COMMENTARY, LUKE 5:27-28

Who would have thought old Levi would be able

To leave the money lying on the table?

He wasn’t, until Jesus changed his mind;

He was not able then to stay behind!

 

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CXLVI

Wordsworth wrote an endless poem in blank verse on” the growth of a poet’s mind.”  I shall attempt a more modest feat for a more distracted age: a blog, “Things which a Lifetime of Trying to Be a Poet has Taught Me.”

Scripture is full of drama just waiting to be drawn out.  And while the sonnet form has mainly been used for love poetry or the expression of emotion, it has its own dramatic possibilities.  One of my favorite things to do is draw those two facts together.

THE GUARD

Sonnet XLVII

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Don’t get me wrong.  I saw the Romans kill

The blighter, and they did a thorough job.

But stones that size just do not roll uphill

Unhelped, and if his people came to rob

The tomb, I’ll eat my hat.  O. K., I’ll take

The money and pretend that’s what they did.

But I’ve just got a feeling it won’t make

The truth—what ever it may be—stay hid.

The whole thing simply makes no sense.  If he

Were really the Messiah, tell my why

The Romans rule and Israel is not free,

Or why, for goodness’ sake, God let him die?

Yet—when the stone rolled, just before we fled,

I’d swear I saw him walk out from the dead!

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Donald T. Williams, PhD

A book that fights back against the encroaching darkness.

A book that fights back against the encroaching darkness.

CVIII

Wordsworth wrote an endless poem in blank verse on” the growth of a poet’s mind.”  I shall attempt a more modest feat for a more distracted age: a blog, “Things which a Lifetime of Trying to Be a Poet has Taught Me.”

It is now 1982-83.  I have accepted a position as pastor of the First Evangelical Free Church of Marietta, GA.  The transition from teaching writing to preparing two sermons a week, doing hospital visitation, counseling, etc., is one that I had prepared for, as you will realize if you’ve been following this history.  But nevertheless, it was rather all-consuming, for a while taking up all the space on my hard drive, as it were.  As a result, I only wrote one poem that year.  But the new stimulation of the discipline of weekly biblical exposition would bear much poetic fruit down the road.  This poem was in The Evangelical Beacon, July, 1985, p. 17.  It is about the Triumphal Entry of Christ into Jerusalem.

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It is not so astounding that a stone

Would have cried out, “Hosannah” had the crowd

Left the Lord to enter town alone.

More marvel you can read theses lines aloud:

In us,

He gave a tongue to dust.

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It is not so amazing that He meant

To purchase all our sorrow for His own

And for that painful bargain to have spent

The Glory at the right hand of His throne:

His love

Him to such deeds would move.

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But ponder this for paradox:  the ones

To whom that Gift was given—life complete,

Eternal peace, adoptions as His sons!—

With such ingratitude can daily treat

As worthless toys

Such high and holy joys.

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Remember: for more poetry like this, go to https://lanternhollow.wordpress.com/store/ and order Stars Through the Clouds! Also look for Inklings of Reality and Reflections from Plato’s Cave, Williams’ newest books from Lantern Hollow Press: Evangelical essays in pursuit of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.

Donald T. Williams, PhD