Monday, February 21, 2011

Poem: The Pillar of the Cloud

I recently received a little book of poems compiled by Dr. Regis Martin of the theology department of Franciscan University, Steubenville, OH. When I met his lovely wife, I was intrigued with her description of this book of Christian poetry. Having read through this small but precious book of meditative poems, I see this will be a small but loved gem in my collection of books.

This book is entitled Images of Grace 33 Christian Poems, and I would like to share one of the treasures I found in its pages.

By John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801-1890)
The Pillar of the Cloud

Lead, kindly Light, through the encircling gloom;
Lead Thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home;
Lead Thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet: I do not ask to see
The distant scene; one step enough for me.

I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou
Should lead me on.
I loved to choose and see my path; but now
Lead Thou me on.
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will; remember not past years.

So long Thy power hath blessed me, sure it still
Will lead me on
O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone,
And in the morn those angel faces smile
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

...changing the subject...

I will see what new insights I can come up with this weekend...I am going to shelve the current topic for the foreseeable future. I just can't continue in a loving manner. Perhaps in the future God will allow me to continue.

But right now, I am incredibly busy with college papers,and finishing my paper for the Midwest region's ETS/EPS convention...and I am immersed with Pascal's wager and his philosophy of religion.

So I will move on to other topics. I might share some of my rough-draft of my Pascal paper...we'll see!

God Bless you all.