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Friday, June 09, 2006

Hannah and Sarah's Confirmation

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Last evening we were able to attend the confirmations of two of my daughters, Hannah and Sarah at Durham Cathedral. If you go to our family website, you can see the pictures of Hannah and Sarah with their Godfather, Tony Walker and Bishop Tom Wright. It was a wonderful service and Bishop Tom's sermon simply was above and beyond what one could ever ask or imagine. At the end of the sermon, Bishop Tom recited George Herbert's poem (from memory) and to make it their own. I provide it below. Please do go see THIS SITE for the pictures.

Love bade me welcome: yet my soul drew back,
Guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-ey'd Love, observing me grow slack
From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning
If I lack'd anything.

A guest, I answer'd, worthy to be here:
Love said, you shall be he.
I the unkind, ungrateful: Ah, my dear,
I cannot look on thee.
Love took my hand, and smiling did reply,
Who made the eyes but I?

Truth Lord, but I have marr'd them: let my shame
Go where it doth deserve.
And know you not, says Love, who bore the blame?
My dear, then I will serve.

You must sit down, says Love, and taste my meat.
So I did sit and eat.

1 Comments:

Blogger Brad said...

Gosh, they're looking like young women! Congrats and blessings to them!

Missin' the Steels! Love the poem.

Brad

5:39 pm  

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