A Distant Flame (a poem)

A faint fire burns on a distant hill

a long journey with winds never still

a forest and valley demon-full

but the thought of warmth…pulls.


It has been many miles since I last felt the flame

And may be many more til I see it again

The joy of freedom slowly subsides

Once more to be captured fills my mind.


My need for heat I half-heartedly fight

But the temperature’s dropping night after night

How long must I wait to reach the next peak?

How long is each night when I cannot sleep?


I hope she’s as far from the fire as I

Yet the light of the flame glistens her eye

And leads her through a thorny field

And I pray her quest will never yield.


On some frozen evening by fire’s light

With both the precious hill in sight

May we warm ourselves in love’s golden glow

And on our journey together go.

Pros and Cons

What I am looking Forward to

  • southern food
  • being close to family
  • classes, school
  • reconnecting with old friends
  • making new friends
  • visiting sites, history of  TN with kids
  • being able to focus on worshipping instead of preaching

What I am NOT looking forward to

  • saying goodbye and leaving some good people and friends
  • Bible Belt culture
  • loading and unloading
  • my kids’ school starting at an ungodly 7:15 AM
  • TN Summer and TN Winter:  too hot and not enough snow
  • church shopping
  • spiders

Barclay on Christian Blogging and Facebook Groups

“The Greek philosophers spent their time on discussions.  The Jewish Rabbis spent their time building up imaginary and edifying genealogies for the characters of the Old Testament. The Jewish Scribes spent endless hours discussing what could and could not be done on the Sabbath, and what was and was not unclean.  It has been said that there is a danger that a man may think himself religious because he discusses religious questions.  There is a kind of discussion group which argues simply for the sake of arguing.  There is a kind of group which will argue for hours about theological questions.  It is much easier to discuss theological questions than it is to be kind and considerate and helpful at home, or efficient and diligent and honest at work.  There is no virtue in sitting discussing deep theological questions when the simple tasks of the Christian life are waiting to be done.  It is indeed true that such discussions can be nothing other than an evasion of Christian duties.”