In the spirit of fall, here’s a “lost verse” from Douglas McKelvey’s liturgy of “Praise to the King of Creation.”
You are the King of Autumn,You are the Master Painter of trees,You are the Progenitor of […]
I love this. While I haven’t yet seen the signs of autumn around me (I am too far south for it to be here yet), it reminds me to pay attention. There are untold “lost verses” that could be written if we just notice what is around us. Not all of us are poets, but sometimes others see things that we don’t. Someone from my church was once describing being on the beach with his kids and realizing the wonder of God. It wasn’t because of the beauty of the ocean…it was because God understands and knows the exact details of fluid dynamics and knows how far every wave will go, and how things washed up from one part will end up washing down to another. My friend can calculate some fluid dynamics problems, but the ocean completely overwhelmed his mind…and God understands it. That would not have occurred to me, but He is the founder of fluid dynamics, and so much more. Thanks for adding the seasonal verse.
Chris Yokel commented on the post, <em>The Last Unicorn</em> and a Better Remembrance 8 months, 1 week ago
This is beautiful, thank you.
Chris Yokel commented on the post, Justin McRoberts and Scott Erickson Help Us To Pray 10 months, 3 weeks ago
@barberjo Doooo iiiiiitttt
If I’m honest, I’ve followed Jesus most of my life, and sometimes I don’t know how to pray.
If you’ve been part of the Christian spiritual tradition for any length of time, you probably have collected a few […]
Chris Yokel wrote a new post, Prodigal Sons and Fathers in the Music of Springsteen 1 year ago
“My Father’s House” is the ninth track on Springsteen’s classic lo-fi album Nebraska, and the last song he wrote for the album. In his autobiography Born To Run, Bruce has this to say about the creation of the […]
Reminded also of the line in the opening number: “Hold on tight to those you love, and maybe soon from up above, you’ll be blessed so keep on looking high, while you’re underneath the lovely London sky.”
A wonderful essay on Mary Poppins Returns AND Bruce Springsteen?! Miracles do happen. Thank you Jennifer, this was wonderful.
Today is bone cold, gray, and still, which seems appropriate for the beginning of Advent. As I was headed for a walk in the woods, I was listening to a haunting rendition of Longfellow’s “I Heard The Bells on Ch […]
oh. yes. quietly.
thank you, chris.
i needed that today.
Yes, slow, gentle, all-covering. Beautiful. Thank you.
“I Heard the Bells” has long been my favorite carol. Thank you for this soft reminder, Chris
I like Sleeping at Last cover of it was well. Interesting that the verse that talks of thundering cannons is left out of the song. It doesn’t really fit in our day and age but it provides a lot of context for the original poem.
I would like to beg of you, dear friend, as well as I can, to have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves.
–Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young […]
I’d say the two questions are related, as my understanding of the world “culture” has evolved as my understanding of my relationship to it has. Growing up, I think I associated “culture” with the idea of culture wars. The “culture” was a worldly, ungodly place that I needed to stay away from. Then I think I moved to a different kind of aggressive…[Read more]
By now, many of you may know that the Internet blew up last weekend over Childish Gambino’s music video for his new song, “This Is America.” As of the time I’m typing this, five days after release, the video h […]
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