Poetry

Dear Poets,
 
Dr. Peter Kjeseth was one of my seminary professors. He told all of his students that we needed to read poetry and write poetry if we were to reach into the imagination of God.
 
Sharon Owens has a poem titled “Teach Us to Know and Love You.”
 
“O God of a thousand names and faces,
Mother and Father of all life on earth,
You who live in cells of all life,
Teach us to know and love you.
 
Lady of Peace, of Love , of Wisdom,
Lord of all the stars and planets,
Best consoler, inward guest,
Teach us to know and love you.
 
Giver of gifts and the light of our hearts,
And teach us to know and love you.
 
Wash what is soiled, heal what is wounded,
Bend what is rigid, warm what is frigid,
And teach us to know and love you.
 
Restore to us our humanness,
And teach us to  know and love you.”
(written by Sharon Owens)
 
Take some time with the remaining days of summer and read some good poetry.
Some great poetry to start with, might be the Psalms. Place your thumb in the middle of a Bible and open it. Odds are if you came close to the exact middle you will be in the Psalms.
 
Still in One Peace,
 
Pastor David Jensen

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