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Wordsworth wrote an endless poem in blank verse on” the growth of a poet’s mind.”  I shall attempt a more modest feat for a more distracted age: a blog, “Things which a Lifetime of Trying to Be a Poet has Taught Me.”

 Do you ever recite the Apostles’ Creed or the Nicene Creed in church?  What exactly is taking place when you do?  They are not Scripture, but they are ancient summaries of Scripture made by the early church to protect essential teachings of the Gospel from dilution or corruption by various deviations taking place already in their times.  They connect us with our forebears in the faith and still let us summarize essential doctrine—and more.

The Council of Nicaea

CREDO

The content, the commitment we express

When mind and heart embrace the ancient Creed

Are faith and fealty.  That we confess

Our faith means it is more than just a guess:

Our Lord’s own blood is what has guaranteed

The content, so commitment we express.

Acknowledging the Law that we transgress,

We find forgiveness, know that we are freed

To faith and fealty when we confess.

We walk by faith, not sight; still, nonetheless,

We’ve tasted and we’ve seen, and so we feed.

The content’s the commitment we express.

This ceremonial assent, this “Yes!”

Flows gladly from both mind and heart:  the deed

Is faith and fealty when we confess.

Not just a ritual; it is more, not less:

We stake our very souls, for when we plead

This content, the commitment we express

Is faith and fealty when we confess.

Remember: for more poetry like this, go to https://lanternhollow.wordpress.com/store/ and order Stars Through the Clouds! Also look for Inklings of Reality and Reflections from Plato’s Cave, Williams’ newest books from Lantern Hollow Press: Evangelical essays in pursuit of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.  And look for Williams’ very latest books: Deeper Magic: The Theology behind the Writings of C. S. Lewis (Baltimore: Square Halo Books, 2016), An Encouraging Thought: The Christian Worldview in the Writings of L. R. R. Tolkien (Cambridge, OH: Christian Publishing House, 2018), and The Young Christian’s Survival Guide: Common Questions Young Christians Are Asked about God, the Bible, and the Christian Faith Answered (Cambridge, OH: Christian Publishing House, 2019)!  Order from the publisher or Amazon.

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