about writing and life and God

Your calling and mine

on February 3, 2013

Three fragments:

(1) from the gospel reading at church this morning:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” Luke 4: 18-19

(2) a poem: We are the Music-Makers by Arthur W. E. O’Shaughnessy (1844-81)

We are the music-makers,

and we are the dreamers of dreams,

wandering by lone sea-breakers,

and sitting by desolate streams.

World-losers and world-forsakers,

upon whom the pale moon gleams;

yet we are the movers and shakers

of the world forever, it seems.

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With wonderful deathless ditties

we build up the world’s great cities,

and out of a fabulous story

we fashion an empire’s glory:

one man, with a dream, at pleasure,

shall go forth and conquer a crown;

and three with a new song’s measure

can trample an empire down.

We, in the ages lying

in the buried past of the earth,

built Nineveh with our sighing,

and Babel itself with our mirth;

and o’erthrew them with prophesying

to the old of the new world’s worth;

for each age is a dream that is dying,

or one that is coming to birth.

3) Turning Down the Money (Dorothy M. Stewart 3/02/13)

And what if Judas,

heart pierced by an arrow of light,

had turned down the money,

walked away,

returned to supper, with a shrug:

‘Couldn’t do it.’

There would have had to be

another way – one more amongst

the myriad, myriad betrayals

by the human race

of the God who loves them

more than words can tell.

But he didn’t.

Betrayal is so much easier

than turning down the money.


We — the writers, the music-makers, and dreamers of dreams — have a calling. And we, Christian writers, are anointed to serve the wonderful purposes of our God. Each of us has a part to play – and each of us faces temptation to betray our calling.

May this week bring you closer to God and closer to fulfilling your calling, to His glory. Amen.


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