Thursday, May 29, 2008

Surprised by Joy (Thanks CS Lewis)

Spring has finally come, don't you think?
Outside my office window, a HUGE red poppy opened up today. It's spectacular.

Doing a little sermon prep, I ran across this poem, which I hope will touch your heart with a little springtime/resurrection joy:

The Revival
Unfold! Unfold! Take in His light,

Who makes thy cares more short than night.

The joys which with His day-star rise

He deals to all but drowsy eyes;

And, what the men of this world miss

Some drops and dews of future bliss.

Hark! How His winds have chang’d their note!

And with warm whispers call thee out;

The frosts are past, the storms are gone,

And backward life at last comes on.

The lofty groves in express joys

Reply unto the turtle’s voice;

And here in dust and dirt, O here

The lilies of His love appear!

by Welsh poet and physician Henry Vaughan (1621–1695)

(That poem was first posted on - which I look at almost everyweek to see what someone else is thinking about the lectionary passages. This essay was posted in 2006.)

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