It takes a lot to get me bothered about poetry. But evey now and again you happen upon a gem. One such is The Future of Forestry by Clives Staples Lewis. It's a beautiful poem which combines the themes of nostalgia, ages past and hope in the future.
We're so used to reading about Jesus being a man of 'peace and love', both from the Bible and also from our culture. A surprise then to see in the Bible Jesus telling his disciples to sell their cloaks and buy swords!
Recently I was leading the congregation in singing a wonderful chorus called Mighty to Save. The first line goes "Everyone needs compassion…"
And it go me thinking, what does God’s word say about compassion? A couple of scriptures came to mind, first was Zechariah’s Prophecy regarding the birth of the Prophet John in which the Lord shows compassion to all of the earth.