August 10, 2020

Wendell Berry: To care for what we know

• • • To care for what we know requires care for what we don’t, the world’s lives dark in the soil, dark in the dark. Forbearance is the first care we give to what we do not know. We live by lives we don’t intend, lives that exceed our thoughts and needs, outlast our […]

The Consummate Cockburn Collection – Part Three

Welcome once again to our Consummate Cockburn Collection.  If you missed it, you might want to check out our list of Cockburn top ten albums in part one and part two. But what about those songs that didn’t make the top ten albums?  Are there any gems in those other albums that you might want […]

Christina Rossetti: A Better Resurrection

A Better Resurrection By Christina Rossetti I have no wit, no words, no tears; My heart within me like a stone Is numb’d too much for hopes or fears; Look right, look left, I dwell alone; I lift mine eyes, but dimm’d with grief No everlasting hills I see; My life is in the falling […]

The Consummate Cockburn Collection – Part Two

Mike: If you joined us last week,  you would have read about the first five albums in our Consummate Cockburn Collection.  This week we bring you albums six to ten.  I am again joined by my good friend Peter Heath. Peter: It is challenging to capture Bruce Cockburn and his work in a couple of […]

Brueggemann: Virus as a Summons to Faith (1)

Walter Brueggemann has written a book of theological meditations about our current state of affairs as humankind deals with the viral pandemic that has stopped the world in its tracks. Such an attention-demanding crisis has (appropriately) preoccupied us with discovering, defining, and putting into practice responsible actions that will protect people, alleviate suffering, and keep […]

The Consummate Cockburn Collection – Part One

For those who don’t know Bruce Cockburn, he is a Canadian folk / folk-rock singer / songwriter / political activist, who between the years of 1970 and 2019 has released 36 albums.   There were a couple of things that first attracted me to him.  He was someone who said he was a follower of Jesus, […]

“uncomforted as I have ever been”

Marilyn Hacker’s lament about a dreary April in upstate New York mirrors the experience of many in this stay-at-home world we inhabit these days. It’s going to be a rainy weekend here in Indiana if the weather forecast proves accurate, so this may just be the perfect poem for today. • • • April Interval […]

Thomas Nashe: In Time of Plague

In Time of Plague By Thomas Nashe Adieu, farewell, earth’s bliss; This world uncertain is; Fond are life’s lustful joys; Death proves them all but toys; None from his darts can fly; I am sick, I must die. Lord, have mercy on us! Rich men, trust not in wealth, Gold cannot buy you health; Physic […]

Wendell Berry: “Work flowerlike”

• Shall we do without hope? Some days there will be none. But now to the dry and dead woods floor they come again, the first flowers of the year, the assembly of the faithful, the beautiful, wholly given to being. And in this long season of machines and mechanical will there have been small […]

Robert Herrick: To Keep a True Lent

To Keep a True Lent Is this a fast, to keep The larder lean? And clean From fat of veals and sheep ? Is it to quit the dish Of flesh, yet still To fill The platter high with fish ? Is it to fast an hour, Or ragg’d to go, Or show A downcast […]