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October 09, 2007

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Deborah

Thank you for this.

Ted Hill

Rachel ... wow!

Gritty and honest. You explore an important aspect of our struggles of faith that very few put words to ... an incredible glimpse of what His love is really like when in sharp contrast to our fearful understanding.

The closing line - an image that I have been struggling with a lot lately, not struggling in doubt but struggling to remove this sacrifice from a dusty shelf of presumption and ordinary ... the cross has become ordinary and plain ... I preached a sermon recently titled - "Why the cross when you can do that?!" [THAT is referring to the Transfiguration] I want the results of the cross while minimizing the mess of it - ie put on the shelf of the ordinary.

I was struck by how "disgusting" the imagery of the cross is. You know the hymn There is a Fountain ...

There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emmanuel’s veins;
And sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains.
Lose all their guilty stains, lose all their guilty stains;
And sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains.

So the tender closing line of your poem shakes the dust off the cross and my presumption and disregard for the deep love of Christ!!!

Thank you for your gift and the sharing of it in this poem!

TED

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