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Guest post — poems from Barbara Messner,

Barbara Messner, Associate Priest in the Parish of Stirling, South Australia, writes this of her poem for this week … “St. Michael and All Angels is the patronal festival for Bridgewater, hence this week’s poem: it helped me explore something … Continue reading

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Prayer for Robert Trump

God, into the green summer and the memories of many years, we lift Robert Trump. Under the showers of the Perseids and the passage of monarch wings, we lift Robert Trump. Beyond business or politics, beyond all daily changes, even … Continue reading

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Wax and Hope

My many thanks to Todd Jenkins whose words “Wax and Hope”have been a comfort to me in a week of grief.  He writes, “Written and prayed, long ago, for a pastor friend who was planning another service of worship and … Continue reading

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Sparrows and Peacocks

Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my Monarch, my God. Psalm 84: 3 The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying … Continue reading

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A personal post: Busy in Peace – for Diane

I have just a personal poem this week for my best friend of forty years (how can I date that? we met in pre-natal class) Diane Karr, who died on Saturday.   Busy in peace   A little rest, maybe … Continue reading

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Grief’s Shadowed Path, Poems of Loss and Healing by Hilary Smith

The biography of Hilary Smith reads like this: The Rev. Dr. Hilary Smith is a writer, poet, theologian and retreat giver.She has previously worked in hospice, hospital, prison and parish ministry. Her particular interest is in supporting people who are … Continue reading

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“Dear Mom…” a letter by Carol Hallman

Frequent poetry contributor here, Carol Hallman has sent a letter, as she says, “something different.”  It triggered many thoughts for me about my own mother, about parishioners, and, inevitably, about the healing process of writing such letters when they can … Continue reading

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Uncommon Baptist Pastor — Graveside

I love Stephen Price’s poetry. The honesty and vulnerability always touch me deeply. Read more of Stephen’s work here Graveside Solitary veterans who died alone at the VA Tiny infants laid next to teddy bears Friends ravaged by cancer Victims … Continue reading

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Words for a Seafarer

Thirty-year old Jake Carter, my parishioner, died last week of an overdose of painkilling medication. Jake was a fisherman. He fished anywhere and everywhere like his older brother Daniel who has worked New Zealand, Hawaii and Nantuckett and Nassau in … Continue reading

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