Poetry Column for September 2022

The Choice I come now to this tenuous juncture Where I must choose to believe. My breast-fed faith Is weakening My presumed and presumptuous tenets Are eroding like river-run flagstone, Sloughing off like mica In smoky-transparent sheets I see no end to this hurting. I feel  no confirmation of this hope I have clutched for […]

August 2022 Poetry Column

They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”).  ~ Mark 15:22 They called that placeThe SkullAnd how true—Here love is strippedOf all its softness, allIts warmth:Skinned alive,And reduced toA grinning death’s head Many people in times of crisis speak of how they were able to see things with crystal […]

July 2022 Poetry Column

Do this in remembrance of me. ~ 1 Corinthians 11:24 Why is it that I can only anchor my thoughtsTo what is realBy tying my mind to the jarring realityOf a nail’s impactOn fleshBut the two thousand years are getting in the way,And so my mind must substituteMy flesh for His:It is I who am […]

May 2022 Poetry Column

… devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.                                                                          ~ 1 Timothy 4:13 There is such power in theWordSpoken, it slitsOpen heartsRead, it ripsAnd uproots our defenses It proceeds like a blast of hot lightFrom the mouth of the one who handles it,Burning us like chaff,Convicting us like a unanimous […]

April 2022 Poetry Column

Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”~ John 20:28-29 Ego Eimi He is the Mighty OneHe is the Creator,The Great OneHe who can bring victoryOut of the mingled pasteOf blood […]

Rehearsal for the Big Performance

By Latayne Scott I remember the sudden silence around me in the lobby of the Wells Fargo bank where I was in line waiting for a teller. What had been bustling with voices now echoed my unrestrainable crying. I had in my hand a copy of The Aeneid I was reading to teach it to […]

February 2022 Poetry Column

This poetry column will be a bit different than the past ones I’ve done which in which I included a poem along with a scripture and a brief devotional thought.  Thinking of February as the month of romantic love, I’ll share some poems on that theme.  COVENANT You have returnedAs a gift of perfumeThat is […]

January 2022 Poetry Column for Wineskins

Jesus heard that they had thrown [the man born blind] out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” “Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.” Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one […]

Poetry Column for December 2021

I pray that these Christmas poems bless you during this wonderful season. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. […]

Poetry Column For November

I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this […]

Poetry Column for September

This month I’d like to think about the various kinds of freedom we have. Having recently lost both my beloved mother and my husband of 47 years, the first devotion and poem pay homage to their freedom. Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what […]

Poetry Column for August 2021

This month I’d like to emphasize the symbolic heart of communal worship, no matter in which setting it takes place. The Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow, it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in […]

Wineskins Poetry Column June 2021

This month, in view of the theme of “Relationships,” I have chosen poems that exemplify four of the koine Greek words that depict the idea of love in the New Testament: eros, agape and philia and storge.  C. S. Lewis described these in his book The Four Loves (which, by the way, exists also in […]

Poetry Column June 2021

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ.~ 2 Corinthians 1:20 This is no vengeful deityWho cuts off the outstretched handThis is no capricious idolWho plays chess with men’s souls;No eternal checkmateThis is no prankster godWho twists words andImpales them upon intentsThis is HeWho knows needs before they’re perceivedWho […]

Poetry Column – May 2021

“When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least […]

Poetry Column March 2021

This month the column commemorates the passion of our Lord Jesus. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split, and the tombs broke open…  ~ Matthew 27:51-52a Did the angelsThose sinew-armed strongmen of the agesSweat great drops of celestial self-control Did tears […]

Poetry Column February 2021

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent […]

Poetry Column – January 2021

I’m grateful for the invitation to write a poetry column for Wineskins, and to share my passion for non-sappy Christian verse (and the connection with Bible passages.) The most oft-printed poem I’ve ever written appears in the Howard Publishing company hymnbook, Songs of Faith and Praise. I offer it here as a (perhaps familiar) introduction […]