Clerical Oppressors – John Greenleaf Whittier (Poem)

JUST God! and these are they Who minister at thine altar, God of Right! Men who their hands with prayer and blessing lay On Israel’s Ark of light! What! preach, and kidnap men? Give thanks, and rob thy own afflicted poor? Talk of thy glorious liberty, and then Bolt hard the captive’s door? What! servantsContinue reading “Clerical Oppressors – John Greenleaf Whittier (Poem)”

Our River: John Greenleaf Whittier (Poem)

We know the world is rich with streams Renowned in song and story, Whose music murmurs through our dreams Of human love and glory: We know that Arno’s banks are fair, And Rhine has castled shadows, And, poet-tuned, the Doon and Ayr God singing down their meadows. But while, unpictured and unsung By painter orContinue reading “Our River: John Greenleaf Whittier (Poem)”

‘even the thorn-bush by the wayside is aflame with the glory of God’ (Prayer)

Here is a prayer out of the Walter Rauschenbusch book of prayers “For God and the People: Prayers of the Social Awakening.” I believe at least the middle paragraph can be attributed to St. Basil. O God, we thank Thee for this universe, our great home; for its vastness and its riches, and for theContinue reading “‘even the thorn-bush by the wayside is aflame with the glory of God’ (Prayer)”

Advice to Ministers – Hannah Whitall Smith

Here is sound advice written to ministers, but really it’s good for any situation. “Years ago I came across this sentence in an old book: ‘Never indulge, at the close of an action, in any self-reflective acts of any kind, whether of self-congratulation or of self-despair. Forget the things that are behind, the moment theyContinue reading “Advice to Ministers – Hannah Whitall Smith”

Nouwen and The Discipline of Gratitude

I really like what Henry Nouwen writes about the discipline of gratitude: Gratitude … goes beyond the “mine” and “thine” and claims the truth that all of life is a pure gift. In the past I always thought of gratitude as a spontaneous response to the awareness of gifts received, but now I realize thatContinue reading “Nouwen and The Discipline of Gratitude”