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Gerard Manley Hopkins

August 6, 2006

As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame;
As tumbled over rim in roundy wells
Stone ring; like each tucked string tells,
each hung bell’s
Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name;
Each mortal thing does one thing and the same:
Deals out that being indoors each one dwells;
Selves–goes itself; myself it speaks and spells,
Crying What I do is me: for that I came.I say more: the just man justices;
Keeps grace: that keeps all his goings graces;
Acts in God’s eye what in God’s eye he is–
Christ. For Christ plays in ten thousand places,
Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his
To the Father through the features of men’s faces.

–Gerard Manley Hopkins

Eugene Peterson writes:

“The end of all Christian belief and obedience, witness and teaching, marriage and family, leisure and work life, preaching and pastoral work is the living of everything we know about God: life, life, and more life.”
Our life group did a little reveling in the beauty of God’s creation this weekend–Sullivan County at Ben and Cheryl’s cabin (missed the Landes’ and the Shenks and we were bummed we had to come home early, but I was preaching). You can see more photos here. The glory of God revealed at World’s End State Park.

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A great article in the Sunday paper about the idolatry of politics.

pax vobiscum

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