Originally written 10:35 PM Friday, September 25th, 2009
Genesis 32 – Passage Lookup – New Century Version – BibleGateway.com
Joshua 5 – Passage Lookup – New King James Version – BibleGateway.com
[It is dark. I am alone. Everything I have and love has been sent ahead of me. In the morning, I will go Home. I will face the Brother I betrayed, and the Father I abandoned. But for now, I am alone with my fears and my regrets.
Or am I….]
Halt, who goes there? Are you for us or for our adversaries?
Neither, but I lead those who fight for He Who Is.
Who is what? Is for us, or is against us?
[One who looks like a man steps forward out of the shadows, into the starlit clearing. Oddly, he shines as if standing in direct moonlight — though there is no moon. He is tall, well-muscled, moving with an easy grace and supreme confidence. He is dressed like me in a flowing tunic, but somehow on him they look almost regal.]
And who are you, that I should answer your questions?
This is a another poem from my old site, written back in 2004 as I was beginning my current voyage of self-discovery. It starts out a bit whiny, but that’s where I was back then. 🙂
The meter is loosely based on Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven, and the plot is partly inspired by Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis.
In Which We Are Rescued from Our Folly by God’s Love
Love is the primary virtue of the Heart. It is both a Decision that gives rise to Emotions, as well an Emotion that gives rise to Decisions — and it needs both to thrive. It can be defined as “the ability to pursue another’s glory — even at the cost of your own.”
Love is particularly needed by the Fool, whose emotional damage drives a cycle of self-punishment disguised as the pursuit of pleasure. The only way out is to purify our hearts by receiving God’s love and forgiveness, to the point where we love Him more than the false gods we’ve served — and discover what it means to genuinely love ourselves…
Peter Kreeft: Back to Virtue
- 5.C (Love) The Three Theological Virtues
Dick Hockett: Foundations of Wisdom