Heavenly Fire

Catalog, Collection / Friday, July 20th, 2007

This small book of poems is more than poetry. It is a window into the life of a man who has been a pathfinder for Quakers. His other books of philosophy, theology, history, sermons, and autobiography also reflect the life of this giant. But this volume gives us a uniquely penetrating peek into his soul. It goes from being whimsical to vulnerable, from being lofty to pedestrian, and throughout we see painful honesty. Through this poetic window, we see the life of a tenderly romantic husband, a grounded philosopher, a patient father, a loyal friend, a playful grandfather, and a compassionate pastor. But we also see a brother regretting detachment from his sister, an older man longing for companionship, and a frail human fighting temptations and acknowledging weakness. These latter glimpses do not negate his gigantic stride, but instead they help us relate to his experiences and they invite us to follow him, walking the path that has been tended with love.

By Sun-filled Hopes

I loved you in the spring of life
when things were green and growing.
I loved you in our summer, too,
in labors warm and sometimes wearing.
I loved you in the pleasant fall of life,
amid a cumulus of tasks completed.
Anticipating wintertime, I love you
when darkening days are lightened
by sun-filled hopes for love eternal.